Naufal Abshar

Naufal Abshar

Born 1993
Hometown Bandung, Indonesia
Lives and works Jakarta, Indonesia

About the artist
Naufal Abshar is a promising young Indonesian artist, born in 1993 in Bandung. Trained at Lasalle College of the Arts and Goldsmith University of London, Naufal has participated in various group exhibitions in places as diverse as Singapore, Jogja, Venice and Lithuania. In 2013, he won the first prize in the Indonesia Arts Festival live painting competition. With his “HAHA” series, Naufal explores the roots and boundaries of humour and laughter.

As an artist, Naufal is a student perhaps unconscious of the philosopher Henri Bergson who researched the meaning of laughter and observed its social function. “My work explores the amalgamation of the concepts of laughter and humour, which are universal to human culture. HAHA represents laughter in various activities, which are: laughing because we won something, laughing because we mock someone, laughing induced by craziness or it can be a rejection of fears. So in my work, I try to twist the role of laughter or humour into an activity of repetition that constructs social criticism. The prolongation of form on political humour can be found in most of my works, the use of satiric laughter illustrates how I use laughter as an activity that can imply criticism.”

The World of Entertainment, D Gallerie, Jakarta

SOLO Is this Fate?  Art Porters, Singapore
Art Moves The Connoisseur Concerto ‘The Gallery’ 51 Circular Road, Singapore
Art Stage Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
SOLO United in Habits, Nusa Kopi Art Space, Jakarta Indonesia
SOLO Debrief ‘HAHA’ Series, Canvas Singapore, Singapore
Withstanding, Lasalle@winstedt # A107, Singapore
Multiple Directions, Jen’s Studio, Cork Ireland
Antidotal Anecdots, Blank Canvas Gallery, Singapore
Searching For Cure, ICAS Gallery, Singapore
Same Direction “Lithuanian-Indonesia #2 ” Post Gallery, Kaunas Lithuania
‘Arte sconosciuta’ Merc Della Orologio, Venice Italy
Book Launching Voyage Trokomod Heri Dono Indonesian Pavilion,Private Museum,Singapore
Open Field, Lasalle@Windstedt
GSAP 2, SD Project, Yogyakarta
Singapore Art Fair, Suntec City, Singapore
Art Porters ‘Festive Pop up’ 29 Petain Road, Singapore
‘Artism’ Art for Social Cause Collaboration, Pathlight School, Singapore
17 Detik’ Esplanade Theaters Link Window Display, CityLinkMall, Singapore
Geneng Street Art Project 1, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Short Listed Lasalle Open House, B-1 Lasalle College of the Arts,Singapore 

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