Monster Pop! explored monsters and the monstrous in popular Indonesian and Australian culture. The exhibition questioned the idea of homogenous global trends while exploring the varying ways monstrosities manifest in cultures – from traditional folklore to contemporary fad to political rhetoric.
Monster Pop! drew from the macabre and ridiculous to highlight the serious and sinister. The artists explored topics from women & gender politics, to bikie gangs, to religion, to the loss of culture, to the horrific inequitable distribution of resources.
While familiar pop icons such as Marilyn Monroe loomed large, Monster Pop! also reminded us that popular culture is steeped in tradition, calling upon wayang kulit puppetry, Hindu iconography, Australian Indigenous rites, and ancient fairytales of ghosts in the banyan tree.
Curated by Andy Ewing and Fiona Carter in association with Indonesian Arts Broker Lashita Situmorang.