Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul) is an avant-garde Balinese contemporary emerging artist based in his native island of Bali. He views the amterial as a living character and is not limited to objects or subjects and viewing technicality as a vehicle in representing the character of every material he used including a visual archive that speaks about histories.
In the last nine years he’s questioning the function of art beyond the object of beauty, led him to several social art experiments with the community and the first collaborative work “Malam dijari Kita” exhibited in The Baba House of National University Museum, “Mimizu San” at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, “Arus Berlabuh Kita” at Asian Civilisation Museum x Singapore Art Museum.
Negotiation of existence, appreciation and the equality that are inclusive of the surrounding social environment is his biggest concern. In 2013 Kabul was active in founded Ketemu Project as a visual art collective focused on social engagement through art. As one of the programs of Ketemu, Kabul initiated the Schizofriends Art Movement, dedicated to supporting people living with schizophrenia with a group art expression and capability development opportunities and In 2017 the Denpasar City Government supported this initiative to become Rumah Berdaya, the first Psychosocial rehabilitation in Bali and Indonesia that uses art and creativity.
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