RITUAL CENG BENG, PHOENIX RISES FROM THE ASHES
By Jayanto Tan
Presented by Metro Arts
This exhibition is part of an ongoing project that considers the implications of art existing as
This unique site-specific installation questions identity, migration, society, superstition, familial narratives and solidarity. Through mundane materials, the work is rendered as a moving ‘still-life of soul food.’ It is an offering from culture past to the present, from trauma to healing, to a diverse future of togetherness in our multicultural Australia.
In Ritual Ceng Beng, Jayanto draws inspiration from a family tradition experienced in everyday life – the ritual of offering food made by his mother. As an immigrant artist, his practise blends Eastern and Western mythologies with the reality of current events. Navigating personal racial attacks, gender identity, migration and familial narratives, this installation expands on that everyday ritual of eating and sharing food, creating a place of spiritual gathering that metaphorically and theatrically represents a temple of love.
The meals/artwork serve as a reminder of good times spent with family and friends, and an invitation for people to gather to celebrate love and togetherness.
Sat 11 Jun – Sat 2 Jul
Sat 11 Jun, 4 – 6pm | Opening Event
Gallery One, Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End
Image Credit: Ritual Ceng Beng, Phoenix Rises from the Ashes, Jayanto Tan, 2021. Image By Greg Piper.
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