Guntur is an artist and a researcher with a great interest in historical themes. Guntur’s artistic practice approves of the author’s subjectivity. At the same time, he consciously uses his work to question, dispute and even divert the existing grand narratives. In following Ankersmit thought, he believes that the task of historians’ is not to reconstruct what has taken place but rather to evoke memories of what occurred.
Guntur’s project this time presents a series of paintings that misplace historical figures. He also begins to limit his exploration to stamps. Stamps featuring heads of state are an attempt to perpetrate symbols of power that are shackled by rigid rules about form and content, including who can be featured in the stamps—definitively, only those who have served as head of state and are still alive may appear. Using a graphite medium, he re-draws the head of state figures on the stamps and broadens the space around the figure further than what the stamp features. He is simultaneously contemplating and disputing historical texts, which thus far have been swallowed whole.
Triyadi Guntur Wiratmo was born in Kudus in 1974 and is an artist with a background in visual communication design (undergraduate) and a Masters in visual art. He studied both of these at FSRD-ITB. In addition to working as an artist, Guntur is also active as a researcher and graphic design consultant in the field of visual communication and visual culture. He has intensively explored history as one of the themes in his artwork. Peter Carey, the British historian expert on Diponegoro considers his drawing titled Mengungkap Kritik Tersembunyi Raden Saleh (Revealing the Hidden Criticism of Raden Salah) to be able to reveal the figure of Jan Baptist Cleerens in Penangkapan Diponegoro (The Arrest of Diponegoro) work by Raden Saleh, which until now has been hidden. In 2014, he received a grant from Stuned for a short study period at The Reinwardt Academy- Amsterdam School of The Arts (AHK). As an artist and a researcher, his artwork often “questions” the existing grand narrative.