Another Day in Paradise presents the significant body of work produced by Myuran Sukumaran while incarcerated in Bali’s Kerobokan Prison, Denpasar and during the final 72 hours of his life spent on Nusa Kambangan Island.
Organised by and first shown at Campbelltown Arts Centre, Another Day in Paradise was curated by Myuran’s friend and mentor, renowned Australian artist Ben Quilty, and Michael Dagostino (Campbelltown Arts Centre Director). Quilty developed a deep rapport with Myuran Sukumaran during his incarceration in Keroboken Gaol in Bali.
For Myuran, painting was a means of communicating with the world and a redemptive practice. He produced work prolifically under unimaginable and extraordinary circumstances, leaving an artistic legacy that speaks to the power of art to heal, and proving that people can change.
His works will be shown alongside a series of newly commissioned artworks by leading Australian artists, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Megan Cope, Jagath Dheerasekara, Taloi Havini, Khaled Sabsabi and Matthew Sleeth. They respond to and build on the powerful paintings Myuran produced during his short career, and speak to justice and human rights systems in Australia and globally.
Another Day in Paradise invites us to consider how art has the power to provoke change and how justice could be sought if, rather than punishment and penalty; human rights and rehabilitation were at its core.
Myuran Sukumaran: Another Day in Paradise
Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo
Exhibition: 7 July – 16 September 2018
For more information, visit: www.bendigoartgallery.com.au for details.
Image: Ben Quilty with a selection of Myuran Sukumaran’s paintings – photo by Daniel Boud