The European Tertianship, Cardoner House, will be the venue for an exhibition of paintings by tertian, Danang Bramasti. This exhibition will open on Friday 4 May at 8:00 p.m. and the art will remain on view between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday 5 May and Sunday 6 May.

The artist

Danang Bramasti was born in Jakarta in 1968 and studied ecomomics before joining the Jesuits in 1988. Prior to coming to Dublin, Danang served in parishes in Bongsari, Semarang and as parish priest of Saint Stanislaus Church in Girisonta, Semarang, Central Java. He has held exhibitions in Indonesia, presenting paintings and drawings, his work over a span of ten years.

Exhibitions in Indonesia

His 2009 exhibition, The Journey, portrayed his faith journey in a series of paintings which were not just about his faith but also concerned the practice of his faith. His 2010 Hope in the Midst of Destruction collection also dealt with faith – if quite differently: a series of sombre-toned paintings of ruined factories and laid-off workers communicated the struggle for hope in the Ungaran area, Central Java where multinational garment companies had come and gone.

Ireland – Tertianship

Danang came to Ireland in 2011 for Tertianship, the final year of Jesuit formation during which Jesuits undertake the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius – the thirty day retreat. Familiar with the regular climate tropical Indonesia, Danang took some time to adjust to the varying weather and encroaching winter. “This was the first time I lived in a region in which there are four seasons. In my first months in Dublin, dark and light had a great influence in my life, my feeling and my mood.” Danang recalls. “I had to struggle to find deeper sources of hope and faith and found that my creativity drew on my internal resources, as much as on what I was looking at around me.”

The Spiritual Exercises

The Exercises are essentially a series of meditations which prompt the person to get in touch with their emotions and desires and to reflect on where they meet God in their lives. As an artist, Danang drew on his skills to express himself on paper, in art and poetry. The resulting paintings are presented in the Journey to Freedom exhibition.

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