Jogja Independent Residency Project (JIRP) was initiated in January 2014. JIRP is operated in-sync with Jogja Contemporary (www.jogjacontemporary.net) to support the dynamic of contemporary art practices regionally and internationally. JIRP's aim is to provide networking for their artists in residence, to facilitate the needs of interaction with the local artists, artisans and institutions in Jogjakarta. Their customized program is geared towards establishing a creative network, and endeavors to assist and collaborate with artists, artisans and institutions in the course of their research, projects, presentations or productions. The program aims to build a meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange where an individual can explore his/her practice in a different environment and set of resources. 'Independent' being the operative word, the Artist in Residence is to finance all activities and programs. JIRP facilitates research, the artists in residence, public lecture, artist talk, exhibition and visitation programs. JIRP also provides accomodation, liason officers, assistance in conducting research, interviews or workshops, assistance to meet and interact with local sources through visits, assistance in workshop or creating art work and venues for public lecture, artist talk or exhibitions.
At the moment JIRP is currently hosting:
1. Jorgen Doyle - Hannah Ekin
Jorgen Doyle and Hannah Ekin are artist-researchers from Hobart, Tasmania, and members of the Arts Factory collective. They are interested in children’s geographies and architectures of childhood as a means of envisioning more just, more vibrant forms of city life. Another strand of interest is archaeologies of the contemporary past, and a belief in children’s capacities to see unexpected potentials in objects typically disregarded by adults. In doing so, children’s activities can offer critical comment on the built world beyond the immediate site of their activities.
Facilitated by the Jogja Independent Residency Project and the ketjilbergerak collective, Jorgen and Hannah have spent the last two months living and working in Kampung Ratmakan. Drawing inspiration from the post-WWII ‘junk playground’ movement, largely built by children themselves from waste materials, they have established a playground based on similar principles.
Situated on a plot of largely disused land beside the Kali Code, they have immersed themselves in turning over landfill, sifting soil from the waste, and collecting discarded, re-used and vernacular materials with which to assemble a process-based playground.
2. Kexin Zhang - Margaret Zhang
Kexin is an artist, critic and curator. He met Indieguerrilas and Heri Dono from Jogja when they participated in the 4th Guangzhou Triennale in 2011, and since then has been interested to come and experience Indonesia and Jogja. Coming as a Buddhist in a communist country he wants to experience Indonesia, where the majority of the community is Muslim. He has come with ideas to 'touch' the Koran, and also became interested in the bird cages he finds and sees in most of Asian countries, especially in Jogja.
Zhang is also the pioneer who devoted himself to, and has already accomplished, the establishment of an artistic link between China and the Southeast Asia. In 2011, he was one of the curators of the 4th Guangzhou Triennalle, the most important contemporary exhibition in China. In 2012, he was invited by Thailand’s Silpakorn University as a Visiting Professor.
During the past nearly two decades, Zhang’s public image has been established as an outstanding artist with a distinctive style. Not only does he carry out various forms of art like installation, performance, digital imagery, painting, sculpture and new media, he also performs as a contemporary art critic and curator. He has written a great number of academic articles for several well-known international art media and has been the curator of many seriously themed exhibitions in major galleries. Zhang has always been an active and influential figure on Chinese, Southeast Asian and international art stage. He now lives and works in his studios in Beijing and Bangkok.
In 2011, Zhang was one of curators at Guangzhou Triennale, where 2 Indonesian artists participated, they are Heri Dono and Indieguerillas. Since then Zhang was eager to visit Indonesia and Jogjakarta in particular. With his wife, Margaret, facilitated by Indieguerillas, Langgeng Art Foundation and JIRP, they had an independent residency on 1 – 30 September 2015. Apart from having ocular and get to know Jogja artists, Zhang had a presentation at IVAA and an exhibition at Langgeng Art Foundation.
For more information on JIRP, please click here.
Text and images from Jogja Independent Residency Project
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