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Systems, Agency And Other Guises: JIWA Jakarta Biennale 2017

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Systems, Agency And Other Guises: JIWA Jakarta Biennale 2017
Ratu Rizkitasari Saraswati’s ‘Meronce (Beading)’ at JIWA: Jakarta Biennale, (2017). Courtesy of: Art Agenda

The JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017 takes place in Jakarta, Indonesia this year. The programming dates are from November 4, 2017 to December 10, 2017. Featured are an expansive array of artists employing various practices and perspectives from Southeast Asia and abroad. Historically, the biennale was founded to showcase works of painting in 1974, which was an initiative of the Jakarta Arts Council. This years edition in total will showcase fifty-one artists works across numerous venues such as: The Museum of Fine Art and Ceramics, and the Jakarta History Museum, among others within the Jakarta city limits. The month duration of the programming permits an expansive lists of artists to present new works in a multiplicity of forms and encourages audience viewing, and engagement.

View of I Wayan Sadra’s ‘Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem’ at JIWA: Jakarta Biennale (2017). Courtesy of: Art Agenda

The programming for this years biennial is a timely thematic consideration, given the volatile position of the international political landscape today. It urges a re-examination of artist’s role specific in the shifting global climate, political turmoil, border closures, among others. This years focus for the Jakarta Biennale was realized through the collective strength in vision and emphasis on the showcasing of contemporary practices of artists living and working in Indonesia and abroad working in multidisciplinary approaches. Additional featured works from international artists include those from: Asia, Africa, Middle East, Oceania and Europe. The inclusion of artists not only showcases a diversity of works, and fosters exchange between the artists and audience, but also offers the perspective that as an interconnected international community there are undeniable aspects that are shared realities among us all.

Installation View, JIWA: Jakarta Biennale (2017). Photograph by Dominicus Damaran. Courtesy of: Manual Jakarta

It urges a re-examination of artist’s role specific in the shifting global climate, political turmoil, border closures, among others.

This year, Melati Suryodarmo, an internationally established artist and curator, has been appointed as the Artistic Director. Additionally, there are four members of the international curatorial team which include: Annissa Gultom, Hendro Wiyanto, Philippe Pirotte, and Vik Havranek. The term ‘Jiwa’ quite literally translates to ‘soul’ and describes a way of living specific to Indonesians when trying to fight invading forces over many decades. As ‘Jiwa’ is the concept being explored this year, it artistically implies exploration of the core concerns of a matter and demarcates the body as central to this investigation. Because of the diversity in artists commissioned this year, the Biennale offers viewers and artists the opportunity to see how the theme ‘Jiwa’ internalizes within persons coming from other spaces. And in exchange, the artists traveling to Jakarta get to experience ‘Jiwa’ as it relates specifically to persons in Jakarta.

Installation View, JIWA: Jakarta Biennale (2017). Photograph by Dominicus Damaran. Courtesy of: Manual Jakarta

Executive Director Ade Darmawan further explains that the last four editions of the biennale intentionally sought to feature the works that were evocative of what it is to exist in the world as it is today. The personal and social issues specific to certain geographic locations and space were made expansive through the biennale platform. Above all, it has functioned as a project that has ensured that artists and the audience are exposed to critical dialogue and reflection. Through exposure of relevant artistic projects that discuss current issues the grounds for communication are established, and the participatory nature of contemplation begins.

Detail from ‘Under The Shadow of The Banyan Tree’, Day 6 of Performance, JIWA: Jakarta Biennale (2017). Courtesy of: Jason Lim

Detail from ‘Under The Shadow of The Banyan Tree’, Day 6 of Performance, JIWA: Jakarta Biennale (2017). Courtesy of: Jason Lim

Jason Lim, a Singaporean artist, presents a premier multi-day durational performance ‘Under The Shadow of The Banyan Tree’ for JIWA this year. Structurally, the work is realized through the construction of sculptural works built from massive amounts of red clay material. Lim has created three of these structures on top of a raised floor platform also crafted from clay. This floor is cracked, and the fissures are deep, and ominous. What exists in the spaces in-between? Is it possible that there could be answers present there, or is there nothing? All variant in size, the sculptures are evocative of not just the base of trees, but homes and other protective spaces. Additionally, because of the accumulation of the rolled lines of clay, there is also the suggestion of the human body; veins, hair, bones, among others. The contrast of such an organic based sculpture inside such a stark interior speaks to the complexity of relationships ones has to navigate between the body’s relationship to natural and constructed spaces, objects, among others.

What exists in the spaces in-between?

Ratu Rizkitasari Saraswati’s ‘Meronce (Beading) is a durational performance work. The meticulous task at hand is to string very small beads made of glass onto a fine thread with the artist and an accompanying family member, such as her mother to help the process along. Both the artist and her participants are dressed in white head to toe and are in a kneeling position on the floor and intense focus is being applied on the task at hand. Behind the artists, impossible to ignore, as a large scale mural of a Dutch colony at a celebratory feast. This work is evocative on several levels. Immediately, it is clear that this work offers a critique through the addresses aspects of life pre and post colonization.

 

Press Conference, JIWA: Jakarta Biennale (2017). Courtesy of: Qubicle

The Jakarta Biennale remains up for just under two more weeks. For further information including calendar events, forthcoming performances and ticketing, please visit: https://jakartabiennale.net/en/home/. Additionally, for postings of previous weeks works, the Biennale can be followed on Instagram: @jakartabiennale


Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.


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