JIWA: Jakarta Bi­en­nale 2017

4 Novem­ber – 10 De­cem­ber

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Jakarta Bi­en­nale is a bian­nual in­ter­na­tional con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tion. Jakarta Bi­en­nale was ini­ti­ated by the Jakarta Arts Coun­cil in 1974 as an In­done­sian Great Paint­ing Ex­hi­bi­tion. Since 2009, the art ex­hi­bi­tion, has also been known as an in­ter­na­tional con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tion. The lat­est Jakarta Bi­en­nale was held in 2015 en­ti­tled “Nei­ther For­ward Nor Back: Act­ing in The Present.” This year, Jakarta Bi­en­nale 2017 has ap­pointed Me­lati Sury­o­darmo as its Artis­tic Di­rec­tor, with “Jiwa” (or Soul) as the artis­tic con­cept. As an art event with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional rel­e­vance, a bi­en­nale func­tions as a di­a­logue be­tween those two per­spec­tives. The re­lent­less search for the ori­gin of In­done­sian art, in the face of the fraught colo­nial legacy, forms the es­sen­tial in­spi­ra­tion for Jakarta Bi­en­nale 2017. One of the ways to eval­u­ate the com­plex­ity of iden­tity is to re- think history. The ex­hi­bi­tion aims to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pe­ri­ence the jiwa of art, by at­tempt­ing to ven­ture into the lives and sto­ries of sem­i­nal fig­ures of the re­cent history of In­done­sian art. Fa­mil­iar­ity with the history of art, is es­sen­tial to trace jiwa in art prac­tice to­day. There will be daily per­for­mances through­out the ex­hi­bi­tion pe­riod by Em’Kal Ey­on­gapka and Eva Kot’átková, sym­po­siums and com­pe­ti­tions. For more in­for­ma­tion about Jakarta Bi­en­nale, please visit www.jakarta­bi­en­nale.net/en.

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