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Maharani Mancanagara

Maharani Mancanagara is an Indonesian artist who lives and works in Bandung, Indonesia. Graduated from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Faculty of Art and Design, majoring in the printmaking studio. Primarily working in the mediums of drawing, mixed media and installation. Her works explore Indonesia’s history, ancient time to present, based on her personal and family experiences.

Maharani Mancanagara

Ideas occur within our natural consciousness on present happenings, while history then derived as a media, connecting different times through historiography of past occurrences. Aided by a mandatory causal relationship, history is coherently based solely on the writer of the record. This subject is the drive for Maharani to enunciate stories from the outer realm of popular documented history, transforming those to reconstructed monuments. In the last five years, Maharani honed this tendency of devising interruptions as a fragment outside of history's known continuity that affects incidents in the past.

Taking her personal background, Maharani grew her interest upon visualizing the long history of education in Indonesia and for the past years continued to the topic about the exile of political prisoners in Indonesia--a part of history left on artefacts from her late grandfather's possessions. Based on the aforementioned perspective, Maharani then aimed to express these belongings to a work of art, a path she took in identifying herself which she hopes could provide recognition for a larger sphere of people with a similar background.


Born in Padang, 28th September 1990


2008-2013 Bandung Institute of Technology

Faculty of Art and Design,majoring Printmaking Studio, Bandung, Indonesia


2013 Finalist, Gudang Garam - Indonesia Art Award, Yayasan Seni Rupa Indonesia, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta – Indonesia

1st Prize, Soemardja Award, Galeri Soemardja, Bandung - Indonesia

2014 Finalist, BEXCO Young Artist Award, Art Show Busan,Busan – South Korea

2015 Finalist, Gudang Garam - Indonesia Art Award, Yayasan Seni Rupa Indonesia, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta – Indonesia

Finalist, Bandung Contemporary Art Award #4, Lawangwangi Creative Space, Bandung - Indonesia


2014 Education in Indonesia before Independence, Personal research on Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia (Indonesian National Archiving), Jakarta – Indonesia

2016 Memoar Buru, the exile of political prisoners, Personal research (still going)

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Parodi Partikelir, Visma Gallery, Surabaya - Indonesia

2018 Zero Sum Game, Galeri Soemardja, Bandung - Indonesia

Selected Exhibitions


Stories Across Rising Lands, Museum MACAN, Jakarta – Indonesia

HBdM Exhibition, Ciputra Artpreneur, Jakarta – Indonesia

#Perempuan2021, Castlemaine Art Museum, Victoria - Australia

Influx : Extended, Ruang Dini, Bandung- Indonesia


Our Grandfather Road, 16th Albermarle, Sydney – Australia

Sensing Sensation, Semarang Gallery, Semarang – Indonesia


Axis by Praxis : Global Wave, G13 Gallery, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

Seni Rupa Kontemporer?, Sakarsa Art Space, Jakarta – Indonesia

Indonesia Calling, 16th Albermarle, Sydney - Australia


Letter Callus Post War, Lorong Gallery, Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Termasuk, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney – Australia

Indonesian Women Artists : Into The Future, National Gallery Indonesia, Jakarta – Indonesia

Bandung Contemporary Art Award : Assemblage, Lawangwangi Creative Space, Bandung – Indonesia

I....Therefore I Am , Cans Gallery, Jakarta - Indonesia

Letter Callus Post War, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei - Taiwan

Retrospect.Repose.Redefine, dia.lo.gue artspace, Jakarta - Indonesia

Over Here : Specific Moment, OverLab, Gwangju – South Korea

Art Bali : Speculative Memories, ABBC Building, Bali - Indonesia


Manifesto 6.0 : Multipolar, National Gallery Indonesia, Jakarta – Indonesia

Bukan Perawan Maria, Bandung Creative Hub, Bandung – Indonesia

SSAS.AS.IDEAS Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung - Indonesia

Java!, Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris – France

Biennale Jateng #2 The Future of History, Semarang Contemporary Art Gallery, Semarang - Indonesia

Tapak Jejak Langkah Jelajah Pameran Besar Seni Grafis ITB, Galeri Soemardja, Bandung – Indonesia

Art Unlimited : XYZ Gedung Gas Negara, Bandung – Indonesia

Celebration of The Future AB.BC Building Art Bali, Bali – Indonesia


Kaya Kayu : Care of Wood, The Space The Parlor, Bandung – Indonesia

Bandung Drawing Festival, NuArt Sculpture Park, Bandung – Indonesia

Mereka - reka, Galeri Lorong, Yogyakarta - Indonesia

Kecil Itu Indah #15, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta – Indonesia

Re:Emergence, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung – Indonesia

Equidistant Night, Provenance Gallery, Manila – Philippines

X, Orange Gallery, Bacolod – Philippines

What You Wear is (Not) What You Are, You are (Not) What You Wear, The Warehouse, Jakarta – Indonesia

Infamy, Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo - Phillippines


Historia Docet, Historia Vitae Magistra, D Gallerie, Jakarta-Indonesia

A.S.A.P, G13 Gallery, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

Redraw II : Discovery, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta - Indonesia

Constituent Concreteness, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore

Kolektif Kolegial, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Kecil Itu Indah, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta - Indonesia

Art Mosphere, Galleries Laffayette, Pacific Place, Jakarta - Indonesia

Art Stage Jakarta Bale Project, Ballroom Sheraton Hotel, Gandaria City, Jakarta – Indonesia


Aku Diponegoro, National Gallery, Jakarta-Indonesia

Contemporary Alternative, Ar+otel, Jakarta-Indonesia

Connection, Commemorative 60th years of Asian African Conference, Rumah Seni Sarasvati, Bandung-Indonesia

Void, Langgeng Gallery, Magelang-Indonesia

Artmoments Jogja, Jogja National Museum, Jogjakarta-Indonesia

Langkah Kepalang Dekolonisasi, National Gallery Indonesia, Jakarta – Indonesia

Art Sneakers by Bazaar Art Jakarta Pacific Place, Jakarta - Indonesia

Pameran Gagasan : Getok Tular Omni Space, Bandung - Indonesia

Bardo, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta – Indonesia

New Future, Art1 New Museum, Jakarta – Indonesia

Friend’s and Family, ROH Projects, Jakarta – Indonesia

Gudang Garam Indonesia Art Award - Respublica, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta – Indonesia

Bandung Contemporary Art Award #4, Lawangwangi Creative Space, Bandung – Indonesia

Jerman Fest :Market Share, Pameran Seni di Pasar Tebet Timur Jakarta - Indonesia

SHOUT! Mapping Melbourne 2015, Melbourne - Australia


Arte Indonesia 2014, Regenerasi, Jakarta Convention Centre, Jakarta-Indonesia

BEXCO Young Artist Award, Art Show Busan 2014, Busan-South Korea

Detournement, Duo- Solo Exhibition, ROH Projects, Jakarta – Indonesia

When in Bali do Like the Balinese do, Kendra Artspace, Bali – Indonesia

Indonesia Sekarang, Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta – Indonesia

Korea International Art Fair 2014, COEX Hall A&B, Seoul – South Korea

Art Tech by Art Dept and Samsung, Pacific Place, Jakarta – Indonesia

Bandung New Emergence vol. 5, Selasar Sunaryo Artspace, Bandung – Indonesia

Symbol, Spirit, Culture, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta – Indonesia


Indonesia Art Award 2013, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta-Indonesia

Bandung Contemporary : Disposition, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung-Indonesia

Stepping Into The Light, Tugu Kunstkring Paleis, Jakarta – Indonesia

SPOT ART, MICA Building, Singapore

Soemardja Award, Galeri Soemardja, Bandung – Indonesia

Lima Pembuka Tabir, Roemah Seni Sarasvati, Bandung – Indonesia


Design Statement : A Design Weekend, Industrial design exhibition, dia.lo.gue artspace, Jakarta-Indonesia The Billboard Art Project, digital LED billboards exhibition, Salem, Oregon-USA 15x15x15 Mini Art Project #4 : Mind Eye Perception, Galeri Soemardja, Bandung-Indonesia

Atlanta Billboard Art Project, digital LED billboards exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia-USA


Festival GrafisBerseni : Reframing Printmaking, Lawangwangi Art and Science Estate, Bandung- Indonesia


Penang International Print Exhibition 2010 (PIPE 2010), Penang State Museum Art and Gallery, Penang-Malaysia Convenient Store, E’sp Gallery, Center Culture France, Bandung-Indonesia

15x15x15 Mini Art Project #3 : Recreate x Reality x Represent, Galeri Soemardja, Bandung-Indonesia

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