Waiting for the signal (2008-2009)

Waiting for the signal is a major installation that drew global attention to Purnomo’s practice. Continuing the artist’s interest in the dichotomy of good and evil, this work juxtaposes the innocence of infants with tribal symbology and menacing knife blades. These haunting yet serene infants could be understood as a metaphor for society and the innocence and corruption it can harbour. For the artist, the work addresses the effects and challenges of the contemporary global condition upon future generations.