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Ngulapin an Art Exhibition

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ARTOTEL Sanur – Bali together with Rurung Gallery, a street art movement forum worked together to highlight a theme that is expected to provide a positive impact to all of us at the end of this year. The theme is “Ngulapin” which is another way of saying “Pengulapan”. The ceremony which aims to return a person’s life back to normal after experiencing a shocking event which later affects the life of Balinese Hindus for a long time.

If you let it go and don’t do ngulapin, then your life will not return to normal, even though it’s not as perfect as before. Taking place at Artspace ARTOTEL Sanur – Bali, from December 8, 2020 to January 8, 2021, the works of the artists who are members of the Rurung Gallery will be exhibited. The event began with a contemporary dance presented by I Wayan Juniartha or better known as Junet, accompanied by music by Diwagraya, followed by a chat with representatives from Rurung Gallery, namely Uncle Joy and Vonzealous. Do not miss the remarks and thanks from the General Manager of ARTOTEL Sanur – Bali, Mr. Agus Ade Surya Wirawan and end with a group photo.

Ngulapin also functions to restore strength or elements that are not visible to the naked eye and were lost due to the shocking incident. For example, if you have fallen from a motorcycle on a road, it means that one of the forces or elements of the body was or was left behind at the scene. Have you ever seen a congregation praying led by a priest on the sidewalk near a red light or a crossroads such as the Catur Muka Statue, Denpasar? Yes, there is a possibility that this is part of the ngulapin ceremony itself. So that ngulapin will restore this unseen thing which is usually known as bayu (meaning: energy). If you undergo ngulapin, the person’s bayu can return to his body as before.

Seeing the situation in 2020 is ‘surprising’ for many people, Ngulapin then is considered the right theme to restore the current situation as before. Maybe things will not be exactly the same as before, but at least Ngulapin can restore the situation together through art by bringing the spirit of “paras paros” (meaning: mutual respect).

During this pandemic, Bali was seen to have lost its positive “spirit” that has carried out art and culture in the roots of its community life. The existence of restrictions makes these activities reduce or even stop the rituals. ARTOTEL Sanur – Bali together with Rurung Gallery invited a number of street art artists to interpret the meaning of the Ngulapin ritual in trying to restore the “spirit” or positive energy that had long existed in Bali.

In Ngulapin’s work, there are works by street art artists based in Bali, namely Vonzealous, Pansaka, Unclejoy, Zolalongor, Dwymabim, Brutallmark, Donikdangin, Nedsone, Kidney, Mutaseight, Awwwshit, Salvehenik and Swoofone. It is hoped that Karye Ngulapin will also be able to complement the Tri Hita Karana concept (meaning: three causes of welfare) which comes from a harmonious relationship with God, nature, and fellow humans.

Address: Jl. Kusuma Sari No.1, Sanur, Kec. Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80227, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 4721000


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