Akik AW is from Kediri, East Java, Indonesia and lives in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Using photography and video, Indonesian artist Akiq AW surveys how everyday is between private and public, rural and urban, us and them, necessary and disposable, lawful and criminal.

He says “I want to learn about this place and people’s lives, through its façade, the physical appearance of the city and the social codes and conventions that exist. And in my photographs, I include simple and insignificant objects that speak of life here, as I want to know what life is like in a modern and western city”.

On his recent exhibition Border and Border v2.0 held in Australia he says that, “The term ‘border’ refers to a conceptual line that divides or separates multiple aspects that exist in social life; i.e. private from public, rural to urban, us from them, necessary to disposable, lawful from criminal. ‘Borders’ exist in different shapes and manifestations; they may be a system of signs or a spatial arrangement, and they live on in our consciousness, collective understanding and social agreement.”

Special section of Art Dubai. In 2012 dedicated to 5 Indonesian galleries. Curator: Alia Swastika