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ruangrupa, a collective of artists and creatives from Jakarta, Indonesia, with a ten-member core, is in charge of the Artistic Direction of documenta 15. It was nominated unanimously by the International Finding Committee.
"We want to create a globally oriented, cooperative, interdisciplinary art and culture platform that will remain effective beyond the 100 days of documenta fifteen. Our curatorial approach aims at a different kind of collaborative model of resource use—economically, but also in terms of ideas, knowledge, programs, and innovation."
ruangrupa: Reza Afisina, Indra Ameng, Farid Rakun, Daniella Fitria Praptono, Iswanto Hartono, Ajeng Nurul Aini, Ade Darmawan, Julia Sarisetiati, Mirwan Andan
Photo: Gudskul / Jin Panji, 2019
lumbung is the Indonesian word for a collectively governed rice-barn, where the gathered harvest is stored for the common good of the community. ruangrupa has built the foundation of documenta fifteen on its core values and ideas.
As of 18 June 2020, ruangrupa has underscored this approach:
"Under the current conditions, the concept of lumbung, and its values of solidarity and collectivity, has never been more vital and relevant. In moments when so many are experiencing the inequality and injustice of the current systems, lumbung can act as an effort (alongside so many others) to show that things can be done differently. We are therefore not suspending lumbung, but accelerating it."
ruangrupa: lumbung drawing, image: Iswanto Hartono, 2020
As first lumbung-members, ruangrupa chose to work with the following initiatives, based on their inspirational models, their deep artistic practices rooted in local social structures, and their organizational and economic experimentations that go hand-in-hand with lumbung values:
• Fondation Festival Sur Le Niger (Ségou, Mali)
• Gudskul (Jakarta, Indonesia)
• INLAND (various locations, Spain)
• Jatiwangi art Factory (Jatiwangi, Indonesia)
• Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center (Ramallah, Palestine)
• Más Arte Más Acción (MAMA) (Nuqui, Choco, Colombia)
• OFFBiennale (Budapest, Hungary)
• Trampoline House (Copenhagen, Denmark)
• ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (Berlin, Germany)
Introducing the Artistic Team, Gertrude Flentge, Frederikke Hansen, Lara Khaldi, Ayşe Güleç, Andrea Linnenkohl, ruangrupa points out that their involvement "makes it possible for us to engage, imagine, work hard, hangout, and enjoy the journey of documenta fifteen."
On the recently launched documenta fifteen website, they share stories of their respective practices and how they connect to the wider project.
documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH: ruruHaus, photo: Nicolas Wefers
The first venue of documenta fifteen, its "living room for Kassel (and beyond)," is the former department store “Sportarena”, at the Friedrichsplatz close to Fridericianum. Within its capacity as an ecosystem for collective works, ruruHaus will invite communities, artists, collectives, students, etc., to participate in, activate, and capture the space together. To kick-off, the store windows of the ruruHaus will be activated by a responsive public-space project, followed by an upcoming program.
Studio 4oo2: visual identity drafts for documenta fifteen, 2020
ruangrupa invited students from Kassel and Jakarta to collaborate in developing documenta fifteen’s visual identity. From more than twenty submissions a jury composed of members of ruangrupa, documenta and Museum Fridericianum gGmbH, and documenta’s Artistic Team selected two winning projects: The main visual identity will be developed by the Jakarta team, 4oo2, while the Kassel team, kmmn_practice, is given the opportunity to realize their concept of an open access platform for public participation in relation to certain aspects of the exhibition’s visual design.
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