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‘Human Supremacy’: Selected works by vegan artist AGUGN (Agung Prabowo)

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Looking back upon the history of human civilization, animals are often regarded as mere meat to be used, a lesser existence born to serve humans, who consider themselves on a higher level. This inequity in the form of supremacy that human beings have over other living beings is the subject of vegan artist AGUGN's 'Human Supremacy' exhibition.

THE BACK ROOM: Agung Prabowo, better known by his artist name AGUGN, uses the printmaking technique of reduction linocut to convey themes related to his surroundings and present his reflections on life. The complexity of his technique and drawing style has created a highly recognisable aesthetic that has remained consistent over the years, both in terms of creation and medium. Reduction linocut printing is an elaborate technique of printing in which each colour layer is progressively carved into the same lino block.

In this ‘Human Supremacy’ solo exhibition, AGUGN presents a critical perspective on the roles that humanity plays in nature’s various ecosystems, particularly those of animals. Being a vegan himself, he considers veganism a personal ideology of being opposed to the mass exploitation of animals by humans for food products that happens all over the world and all throughout human history. Looking back upon the history of human civilisation, animals are often regarded as mere meat to be used, a lesser existence born to serve humans, who consider themselves on a higher level. This inequity in the form of supremacy that human beings have over other living beings is the subject of Human Supremacy. The works are presented as single, framed prints on hand-made abaca paper and also as large, multi-print installations…

Agung Prabowo (b. 1985, Bandung), who goes by the artist name AGUGN, is an Indonesian printmaking artist who is known for his distinct style of illustration and his proficiency with linocut reduction printing. Having graduated from the Bandung Institute of Technology (Institut Teknologi Bandung), AGUGN is currently based in Bali. His themes include fear, nature, ancient Indonesian arts, and challenging anthropocentric perspectives. His recent works have focused on human exploitation of animals in the meat industry. SOURCE… SOURCE…

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