BUMIDUNIA showcases distortions of familiar objects from the viewpoint of an inverse world. It is a world that Manuela Wijayanti continue to discover since childhood.
BUMIDUNIA is the home of a strange civilization that survives by borrowing and modifying objects from our world. These modified objects are recollected by Manuela as artifacts.
BUMIDUNIA articulates history and language through its artifacts, which include drawings, modified objects, found materials from this world and images from the people of BUMIDUNIA's scientific studies about our world. People of BUMIDUNIA meander through re-imaginings of objects that may seem familiar to humans but delve into the uncanny. Familiarity shifts and distorts through material transformations, accessing broader psychological recollections in humans.
in 2015, BUMIDUNIA won the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship Award from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.