The 2017 edition of the Jakarta Biennale proposes a discussion on the actual relevance of the Indonesian concept of JIWA, which can be understood as life, energy, vigor or soul, a driving principle for individuals, collectivities, societies, non-humans or nature. Assessing JIWA JB 2017 will look at the whole spectrum of relations, mobilizing the registers of the sensuous, the affective, and the cognitive, the very schemes by which we make sense of the world. Debating JIWA in the context of contemporary art and culture in relation to our environment, adopts obvious political implications.
Starting its journey in Indonesia’s recent art history, the biennale’s research makes its way to the present by observing a variety of cultural lineages of beliefs and negotiations, their circulation, exchange and polemics retrieving hidden or forgotten artistic critical figures and events.
As an exhibition, publishing, and educational project, the Jakarta Biennale 2017 observes the histories of a variety of vital impulses motivating artworks from different directions and origins. The exhibition-project, including material objects, dematerialized and impermanent practices, then hints at the way in which we are addressed by the world, and how that call can find expression in the world of things, art and agency. It suggests taking into account the “world,” in its material and immaterial aspects, as co-author of the social. Hence JIWA could refer to a realm of correspondences, including the non-linguistic, the sensuous, the (im)material, the body as a medium, and other relational modes of knowledge constructing the social.
The Jakarta Biennale 2017 approaches changes in society by sharing a diversity of art forms and methods, intellectual and practical encounters as well as educational propositions. The Jakarta Biennale 2017 initiates a series of publications in order to promote the critical writing on the recent history of Indonesian art.
The Jakarta Biennale 2017 will take place at the Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem, which provides a 3000 meter square roofed warehouse as its main venue. In order to be present within a wider range of the public, the Biennale also collaborates with local museums such as the Jakarta History Museum, the Jakarta Museum of Textile, the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics, the Museum Prasasti Jakarta and the Wayang Museum.
Together with Melati Suryodarmo as the artistic director of the biennale, the exhibition is conceived and assembled in collaboration with Annissa Gultom , Vit Havranek, Philippe Pirotte, and Hendro Wiyanto, and co-organized by the Jakarta Biennale Foundation.
The Jakarta Biennale 2017 – JIWA – will be open for the public from November 4th to December 11th 2017.
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