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Biennale Jogja XI / Equator # 1

Focus of this year's Biennale in Yogyakarta: Shadow Lines- Indonesia meets India. Information and photo tour.
Dec 2011

Biennale Jogja XI / Equator # 1, is the first in a series of five international biennales to take place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The geographical point of reference for these Biennales is countries that are located near the equator ( 23.27º north and south of it) and the series will see Indonesia’s cultural engagement with the participating countries. Shadow Lines, the first edition, presents forty artists from Indonesia and India collaborating in the exhibition that is on view from 26 November 2011 to 8 January 2012.

Shadow Lines suggests imaginary lines that draw people together and pull them apart; it also refers to geo-political borders and the creation of modern states in South Asia. Curated by Alia Swastika (Indonesia) and Suman Gopinath (India), the Biennale, with its overarching theme of ‘religiosity, spirituality and belief’ will attempt to present ways in which artists from the two countries address and interpret their contemporary conditions, informed by their personal experiences, as also by the political structures of the countries they live in.

Participating artists include:
Atul Dodiya, Archana Hande, Anita Dube, Amar Kanwar, N S Harsha, Prabhavati Meppayil, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Pushpamala N, Riyaz Komu, KP Reji, Sheela Gowda, Shilpa Gupta, Sheba Chhachhi, Sakshi Gupta, Valsan Koorma Kolleri, Setu Legi, Krisna Murti, Jompet Kuswidananto, Arahmaiani, Wedhar Riyadi, Andy Dewantoro, Christine Ay Tjoe, Paul Kadarisman, Albert Yonathan, Akiq AW, Ariadhitya Pramuhendra, Iswanto Hartono, Wimo Ambala Bayang, Tromarama, Octora, Theresia Agustina, Titarubi, RE Hartanto, Nurdian Ichsan, Wiyoga Muhardanto, Erika Ernawan, Melati Suryodarmo, Made Wianta, Arya Panjalu / Sarah Nuytemans, Ruangrupa.
Besides the main exhibition in two venues, there will be several parallel programmes and special projects like the Equator Festival with the contemporary reinvention of the Ramayana ballet, seminars, artists’ talks and community projects.

About the Biennale Jogja:
Since its inception in 1988, the Biennale Jogja (BJ) has become arguably the most ground-breaking art event in Indonesia and has been credited with bringing to the attention of a broad audience many of the country’s premier artists. Initiated by Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, a government arts and culture center, the Biennale evolved to become one of the most highly anticipated national art events. After years of fluctuating administration, an independent non-profit, Yayasan Biennale Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta Biennale Foundation) or YBY, was established on the 23rd of August 2010. Based on principles of professionalism, transparency and accountability, YBY will oversee the continued management of the Biennale Jogja while skillfully competing with other major biennales throughout the world.
Biennale Yogyakarta Foundation's mission is: Initiate and facilitate efforts to achieve a strategic concept that contributes to art and cultural developments and to improve Yogyakarta as a cultural city, as a place for fair and democratic living.

Further information:
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(Press release)

Biennale Jogja XI
Equator # 1

Shadow Lines:
Indonesia meets India

26 Nov. 2011 -
8 Jan. 2012

Jogja National Museum
Jl. Gampingan no. 1

Taman Budaya
Jl. Sri Wedani no. 1

Alia Swastika
Suman Gopinath

More information:

Yogyakarta Biennale Foundation
Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
Jl. Sri Wedani No.1
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