Introducing Mulyakarya

Work from a recent sticker project by Mulyakarya

Leg of Lamb recently hung out with Mulyakarya, a young artist collective established in Jogjakarta in 2007 by artists Sandy Yudha and Danang Catur.  Mulyakarya combine diverse sensibilities and interests and their projects often take different forms.  The collective produce a variety of comics and other easily published materials like posters, stickers and woodcuts and regularly support the publication of work by local alternative artists.  Their practice is characterised by a strong sense of community, with projects often inspired by and made in collaboration with local groups.

Mulyakarya distributing free comics during the 2011 Jogja Biennale

For last year’s Yogyakarta Biennale Mulykarya presented the Kring Eaaa project; a suite of free comics that posed the question; ‘What makes Jogja special?’.  Rather than take an overtly political approach, Mulykarya wove anecodotal interviews with locals into narratives that addressed broader themes of diversity and tolerance.  These publications were intended for a ‘non-art’ audience, and were distributed at bus and train stations across the city.

Garbage costume competition facilitated by Mulyakarya for Jogja Art Fair

Mulyakarya also work a lot with young people.  They’ve storyboarded and produced a play in collaboration with local primary school students about dengue fever, held costume-making workshops transforming trash into remarkable costumes for Jogja Art Fair and created a float for the Jogja Java Carnival.

Danang stands in front of Mulyakarya’s float for the Jogja Java Carnival

What makes the collective so inspiring is their generosity.  Mulyakarya make art that directly relates to the experience of those around them.  Not only that, they aim to enrich and improve the lives of others.  Needless to say, theirs is a selflessness not seen often enough in contemporary art practice.

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