Wimo Ambala Bayang

Stone That Are Far From Innocent


Wimo Ambala’s video installation responds to these incidents and the still tense climate in the multiethnic state. The artist placed, side-by-side, two volcanic stones from the area around Yogyakarta that recall the nearby volcano Merapi. He installed two peepholes in the stones, like a pair of eyes, through which the viewer can watch two different videos. One shows a fictional stoning scene from Martin Scorsese’s film The Last Temptation of Christ (1988(, while the other shows a YouTube clip from July 29, 2010 of men from different religious denominations actually throwing stones at each other on the street of Aceh.

Yvonne Speilmann, Contemporary Indonesian Art: Artists, Art Spaces, Collectors, NUS, 2017