Artists/ Tiong Ang

Tiong Ang

A Year Of Living Dangerously is about understanding my relationship with my own past, or the life of my parents, or their parents, and so on.

'The notion of having a ‘home country’ cannot be taken for granted. I’ve always struggled with this question. I call myself a Dutch artist, and I consider the Netherlands as my home, as a matter of fact. But you ask: when do you ‘feel’ at home ? To feel, now that’s a verb. Do I include myself totally to Dutch culture, to Dutch heritage, do I claim land from the sea, as the Dutch do? I know I can, but I won’t. Truthfully, I’m an islander, an inside outsider. The work I’ve been plotting for Koneksi aims to unveil such discrepancies in sensations of loyalty, belief and hope, by reenacting a particular political situation from a time before my Dutchness, that would have caused a totally other life (a non-Dutch life probably), if it had taken a different course.'

Tiong Ang [1961, Surabaya, Indonesia] studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. He has exhibited internationally among others in the 1st Asia Biennial / 5th Guangzhou Triennial (2015) and the 12th Jogja Biennial (2013). His work is represented in numerous private and public international collections: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, MUHKA Antwerp and Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem. Tiong Ang lives and works in Amsterdam.