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Jakarta Biennale 2015

Neither Forward nor Back: Acting in the Present. 15 Nov. 2015 - 17 Jan. 2016, Gudang Sarinah, South Jakarta. Curatorial team: Charles Esche and six young curators from Indonesia.
Oct 2015

Jakarta Biennale is an international bi-annual event of contemporary art. In 2015, this event carries the theme “Neither Forward nor Back: Acting in the Present”. With this theme, Jakarta Biennale seeks to concentrate on the present while refusing to indulge in nostalgia or escape into dreams of a future utopia. This perspective prioritizes works that focus on economic, social, and emotional conditions in the here and now, that portray how people in different cities and environments live with and take responsibility for the present through their actions.

Three themes will run through the exhibition and connect different artworks. The first is the use and abuse of water, as a basic need of life and also as something threatening through flooding and pollution. Another significant aspect of the exhibition will be its interest in how history has an impact on today, though memories and traditions affecting how people behave now. A third strand will be the influence of imposed gender roles and how individuals struggle to find their own voice. The related issue of violence will also be addressed. Throughout the exhibition, the curators have selected works that search for the small victories that people experience in daily life despite the difficulties.

Jakarta Biennale 2015 is curated by Charles Esche, who has made his mark in prestigious international art events such as Gwangju Biennale 2002, Istanbul Biennale 2009, and Sao Paulo Biennale 2014. He will collaborate with six young curators from all across Indonesia: Anwar ‘Jimpe’ Rachman (Makassar), Asep Topan (Jakarta), Benny Wicaksono (Surabaya), Irma Chantily (Jakarta), Putra Hidayatullah (Banda Aceh), and Riksa Afiaty (Jakarta).

In addition to a number of exhibitions and art projects in city spaces, Jakarta Biennale also organizes supporting programs such as seminars, workshops, public education, and stage performances for all Jakarta’s and the world’s citizens.

Participating Artists

Agung Kurniawan (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Annisa Rizkiana Rahmasari (Semarang, Indonesia)
Aprilia Apsari (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Arahmaiani (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (Thailand)
Ariani Darwaman (Bandung, Indonesia)
Bamboo Curtain Studio (Taiwan)
Bik Van der Pol (Netherlands)
Bron Zelani (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Clara Ianni (Brazil)
Cut Putri (Aceh, Indonesia)
Dan Perjovschi (Romania)
Dea Widya (Bandung, Indonesia)
Dieneke Jansen (New Zealand)
Dwi Wicaksono (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Etcetera (Argentina)
Evelyn Pritt (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Firman Djamil (Makassar, Indonesia)
Fuady Keulayu (Aceh, Indonesia)
Hestu Setu Legi (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Idrus bin Harun (Aceh, Indonesia)
Iswadi Basri (Aceh, Indonesia)
Jakarta Wasted Artists (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Jeremy Millar (England)
Jonas Sestakresna (Bali, Indonesia)
Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa (Spain)
Kolatt (Myanmar)
Köken Ergun (Turkey)
Komunitas QuiQui (Makassar, Indonesia)
Lab Laba-Laba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Leonardiansyah Allenda (Banyuwangi, Indonesia)
Lifepatch (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Maddie Leach (New Zealand)
Maika Elan (Vietnam)
Marishka Soekarna (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Mark Salvatus (Philippines)
Maryanto (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Meiro Koizumi (Japan)
Melawan Kebisingan Kota (Surabaya, Indonesia)
Merv Espina (Philippines)
Miebi Sikoki (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Much. Cora (Makassar, Indonesia)
Ng Swan Ti (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Nobodycorp. Internationale Unlimited (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Nurhasna (Padang, Indonesia)
Octora (Bandung, Indonesia)
Oscar Muñoz (Colombia)
Peter Robinson (New Zealand)
Post-Museum (Singapore)
Pratchaya Phinthong (Thailand)
Renzo Martens (Netherlands)
Reza Afisina (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Reza Enem (Makassar, Indonesia)
Richard Bell (Australia)
Sanchia T. Hamidjaja (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Superflex (Denmark)
Surya Wirawan (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
The Youngrrr (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Tisna Sanjaya (Bandung, Indonesia)
Tita Salina (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Tom Nicholson (Australia) with Grace Samboh (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Tromarama (Bandung, Indonesia)
TROTOARt (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Wiyoga Muhardanto (Bandung, Indonesia)
Wonderyash (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Yee I Lann (Malaysia)
Yoppy Pieter (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Zeyno Pekünlü (Turkey)
Zulhiczar Arie (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

(From press information)

Jakarta Biennale 2015

Neither Forward nor Back:
Acting in the Present

15 November 2015 - 17 January 2016

Curator: Charles Esche
in cooperation with six young curators:
Anwar ‘Jimpe’ Rachman (Makassar)
Asep Topan (Jakarta)
Benny Wicaksono (Surabaya)
Irma Chantily (Jakarta)
Putra Hidayatullah (Banda Aceh)
Riksa Afiaty (Jakarta)

Jakarta Biennale Foundation

Jl. Amil Raya No. 7 A Pejaten Barat
Pasar Minggu Jakarta Selatan
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The Jakarta Biennale’s main exhibition will take place at Gudang Sarinah, a warehouse compound in Pancoran, South Jakarta

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