Dadang Christanto’s performance, Survivor, will tour to a number of NSW regional galleries throughout 2012 and 2013.

Survivor by Dadang Christanto is a performance by contemporary Indonesian-Australian artist Dadang Christanto and continues his interrogation of disaster and its human impact through a performance based on events in the Sidoarjo region of East Java where hot volcanic mud has wiped out 11 nearby villages. Unrelenting, the mud continues subsumed livelihoods, memories and futures.

In this touring performance and exhibition, volunteers will silently occupy the gallery space, covered in mud from the neck down and holding a photographic portrait. Over the course of three hours the participants will maintain a silent vigil, memorialising this catastrophe and its continuing consequences. The performance is followed by a visual exhibition consisting of detritus from the performance, video and photographic documentation memorialising the catastrophe and its ongoing consequences. As a key part of Christanto’s artistic practice, Survivor continues a line of enquiry that the artist developed in response to his father’s disappearance under the Suharto regime in the mid-1960s.

This project was originally presented as an exhibition and performance at 4A in 2009 and was developed from a previous performance by the artist in Jakarta in 2008.

The exhibition will tour to the following galleries. Please check back for updates on performances.


Gosford Regional Gallery

1  April- 20 May 2012
Performance:  1 April 2012
Watch a video of this performance

Lismore Regional Gallery

21 July – 25 August 2012

The Glasshouse Regional Art Gallery
20 October – 2 December 2012

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
6 April – 25 May 2013

Pinnacles Gallery
16 November – 15 December 2013




Presented by Kultour in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and toured by Museums & Galleries NSW. This exhibition is supported by the Contemporary Touring Initiative through Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Government and state and territory governments.