News : Dolorosa Sinaga and 'Her Men'


Dolorosa Sinaga revealed outspokenly 'her men'. Not her spouses though, they were her artworks. Dolorosa has long been known as a famous sculptor in Indonesia. For over 40 years, she has been creating more than 620 works. She never loses her productivity, yet it develops even more on both quantity and value. Most of hundreds of her artworks are sculptures of women's figure. Therefore, sculptures of men's figure fascinates her. 

According to Lisabona Rahman, one of the writers on the book Dolorosa Sinaga: Bentuk, Tubuh, dan Substansi which will be launched at the end of January, men's figures by Dolorosa are an anomaly from her artworks which are dominated with women's figures and represent issues about women. On the book, Lisabina quoted Dolorosa, "I cannot make men. Only him (Widji Thukul-red) and Dalai Lama are the men here. When I start the clay for a man's figure, it will end up becoming a woman and suddenly has a hair bun."

Dolorosa's men was the inspiration and the main topic of the discussion entitled "Dolo dan Para Lelakinya: Potret dalam Karya Dolorosa Sinaga" held on Saturday, 18 January 2020 at Galeri Nasional Indonesia. Some sculptures of men's figure by Dolorosa are Dalai Lama, poet Widji Thukul, Abdurrahman Wahid, Soekarno the proclamator, and Multatuli who denounced the colonialism.

There are six panelists at the discussion who responded to each sculpture. They are: Yori Antar for Dalai Lama figure, Danial Indrakusuma for Widji Thukul figure, Muhammad Sobary and Abdon Nababan for Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) figure, Sukmawati Soekarnoputri and Seno Gumira Ajidarma for Soekarno figure, and Bonnie Triyana for Multatuli figure.

The discussion was held as a collaboration of Somalaing Art Studio, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, the Jakarta Arts Intitute, and Poligrabs Creative Studio. It was one of the fringe events of the biography book pre-launched "Dolorosa Sinaga: Tubuh, Bentuk, Substansi". Printed in two languages, Bahasa Indonesia and English (Dolorosa Sinaga: Body, Form, Matter), with the editor Alexander Supartono and Sony Karsono. The book launching will be on 31 January 2020 at Galeri Nasional Indonesia.