With the theme “Neither Back Nor Forward: Acting in the Present”, Jakarta Biennale 2015 seeks to concentrate on the present while refusing to indulge in past nostalgia and future utopia. The artists will explore the economic, social, and emotional realities of the current society through three main themes: water, history, and gender. Throughout its programs, Jakarta Biennale 2015 aims to highlight the small victories that people experience in daily life despite the difficulties.
The 2015 Jakarta Biennale’s curatorial works relies on creative collaboration between Charles Esche and six young curators from Indonesia: Anwar ‘Jimpe’ Rachman (Makassar), Asep Topan (Jakarta), Benny Wicaksono (Surabaya), Irma Chantily (Jakarta), Putra Hidayatullah (Banda Aceh), and Riksa Afiaty (Jakarta). This collaboration is facilitated in Curatorial Lab, a residential program organized by Jakarta Biennale Foundation for young curators from various cities in Indonesia, whose output is presented to the public through Jakarta Biennale.
While the children were learning how to create shadow puppets, the grown-ups were selling cassettes, CDs, and LP records. Not even the grey and cloudy day could take the fun out of the 2015 Jakarta Biennale.
Gender is one of the issues at the 2015 Jakarta Biennale. In collaboration with the Jakarta Biennale, Peace Woman Across the Globe discussed the issue of gender with a film screening, discussion forum, and poetry reading.
For us who are so used at being consumers, what stands between us and the water we need to consume is mere price. Water has been so monetized that we thought as long as we have the money to pay, it’ll for sure be available.