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Founded on Jan­uary 31, 1988, by DutchJa­vanese cou­ple Mella Jaarsma and Nin­di­tyo Adipurnomo, Cemeti Art House was in­tended to be­come the first gallery in In­done­sia to sup­port young artists. As artists them­selves, Jaarsma and Nin­di­tyo knew that nur­tur­ing young cre­ative minds would mean help­ing them or­ga­nize ex­hi­bi­tions and get their names known abroad.

In 1995, the cou­ple launched Cemeti Art Foun­da­tion ( Yayasan Seni Cemeti), set to ar­chive the In­done­sian art scene. A few years ago, the doc­u­ments col­lected by the foun­da­tion were passed on to the in­de­pen­dent In­done­sian Vis­ual Art Ar­chive ( IVAA).

To cel­e­brate its 25th an­niver­sary, Cemeti Art House is launch­ing “Turn­ing Tar­gets”, a se­ries of events that in­cludes ex­hi­bi­tions of the gallery’s own col­lec­tion and dis­cus­sion fo­rums for young cu­ra­tors and art man­agers. Nin­di­tyo Adipurnomo ( NA): 25 years ago, peo­ple still be­lieved that arts should only show the beau­ti­ful as­pects of life and en­ter­tain above all. We wanted to raise aware­ness that arts can be an im­por­tant medium in deal­ing with so­cial con­flicts. But nowa­days com­mer­cial as­pects dom­i­nate: The im­por­tance of arts is most fre­quently mea­sured in its eco­nomic suc­cess. The con­cep­tual back­ground and so­cial idea are in­creas­ingly fall­ing be­hind. MJ: The young artists to­day are far too com­pla­cent. If the in­come is enough, they do not strive to con­tinue search­ing for a deeper mean­ing – they just play with the aes­thet­ics of ob­jects. Iron­i­cally, the In­done­sian art scene to­day is given much more at­ten­tion than ever be­fore.

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