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documenta fifteen

18 June - 25 September 2022

Kassel, Germany

Artistic Direction: ruangrupa

Concept: lumbung

67 participants
Artists, collectives, initiatives, organizations

32 exhibition & event venues
List incl. participants at each venue and map localization

Practical information
Opening hours, tickets

Context-related articles

In our documenta fifteen tour we show projects and works by 65 participants at 23 locations that we could see during the preview days.

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ruangrupa - artistic direction

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.

The ruangrupa collective began as friendships among students at art schools in Jakarta and Yogyakarta during the mid-1990s. ruangrupa literally means "visual space," and the group was started from scratch by discussing and brainstorming. Only after several projects and efforts to fundraise were they able, in 2000, to rent a small house and turn it into a formal space to assemble and work together.
more about ruangrupa

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

documenta fifteen and lumbung practice

ruangrupa: "We want to create a globally oriented, collaborative and interdisciplinary art and culture platform that will remain effective beyond the 100 days of documenta fifteen. Our curatorial approach strives for a different kind of collaborative model of resource use — in economic terms but also with regard to ideas, knowledge, programs and innovations."

ruangrupa has built the foundation of documenta fifteen on the core values and ideas of "lumbung". It is the Indonesian word for a collectively governed rice barn, where the gathered harvest is stored for the common good of the community. Understood not only as a building but also as a way of working and living together, lumbung will be operational in the lead-up to documenta fifteen in 2022, and beyond.

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."

more about the concept

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lumbung-members, team

ruangrupa chose to work with the following initiatives (as of September 2021), 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:

  • Britto Arts Trust (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
  • FAFSWAG (Auckland, Aotearoa)
  • Fondation Festival Sur Le Niger (Ségou, Mali)
  • Gudskul (Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • INLAND (various locations, Spain)
  • Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt (Havana, Cuba)
  • Jatiwangi art Factory (Jatiwangi, Indonesia)
  • Más Arte Más Acción (MAMA) (Nuqui, Choco, Colombia)
  • OFFBiennale (Budapest, Hungary)
  • Project Art Works (Hastings, United Kingdom)
  • Question of Funding (Ramallah, Palestine)
  • Trampoline House (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Wajukuu Art Project (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (Berlin, Germany)

On the documenta fifteen website, they share stories of their respective practices and how they connect to the wider project.

Artistic Team: Andrea Linnenkohl, Ayşe Güleç, Frederikke Hansen, Gertrude Flentge, Lara Khaldi

Artists, collectives, initiatives and organizations

Venues & participants
The 32 venues, incl. the participants at each venue and map localization

See also:

The Art of Staying in Dialogue
Following the allegations of anti-Semitism against the Indonesian collectives ruangrupa and Taring Padi in Kassel, the artists returned home to discuss with the cultural scene in Indonesia. By Christina Schott.

Monument of Mourning
Reflexions by the Indonesian artist Titarubi, expressing the thoughts and feelings of many art producers in Indonesia, confronted with the removal of Taring Padi's work "People's Justice" from documenta fifteen.

Censorship at documenta fifteen
Appalled by a lack of willingness to engage in dialogue and by xenophobia towards documenta participants from the "Global South," Marianne Dautrey refutes false accusations.

Indonesian art and its history
Introduction to the history of Indonesian modern art as contextual information for the debate on documenta fifteen. By Werner Kraus, Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Art, Passau, Germany.

Collaborators wanted
What does the concept by documenta’s artistic team around ruangrupa mean for the concrete practice of the participating artists? By Christina Schott.

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Organizer, contact

documenta & Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH
Friedrichsplatz 18
D-34117 Kassel, Germany
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Opening hours, tickets

Regular opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm daily
Event times may vary from this.

For more information see:
documenta fifteen FAQ

Tickets and prices

Day ticket: Euro 27,00
Admission on a day of your choice, entitlement to use public transport in the KasselPlus tariff area

2-day ticket: Euro 45,00
Admission on two consecutive days, whereby the first day can be freely chosen. Entitlement to use public transport in the KasselPlus tariff area

Season ticket - Print@Home: Euro 125,00
Access for the entire duration of the exhibition. This ticket is personalized.

Season ticket: Euro 129,00
The season ticket as card incl. delivery, advance booking at tickets(at)documenta.de

Family ticket: Euro 60,00
Admission for two adults and up to three children including the age of 18 on a day of their choice, entitlement to use public transport in the KasselPlus tariff area

Solidarity ticket: Euro 27,00
Donate a solidarity ticket that can be used by another person as a free ticket

Donation: Euro 5,00
Donate to documenta fifteen's sustainability projects in Germany and Indonesia

Most tickets are also offered at reduced prices if the person can prove eligibility.

Online ticket purchase
and more information about all the ticket versions

From press information by documenta.
© Cover photo: Detail from a photo by Nicolas Wefers

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