JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017

Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem
4 November-11 December 2017

Jakarta Biennale Foundation together with our curators consisting of Melati Suryodarmo (Artistic Director), Annissa Gultom, Hendro Wiyanto, Philippe Pirotte and Vít Havránek, are pleased to announce the first names of artists participating in JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017. This list will be a part of all the participants of this year’s edition of the biennale, consisting of more than 50 artists in total. Since January 2017, the artistic team of JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017 has been undertaking curatorial research by travelling across the country and abroad, meeting artists and other artistic actors. The following list will be completed with a forthcoming announcement in September 2017.

The list of artists:

Abdi Karya (Indonesia)
Afrizal Malna (Indonesia)
Alastair McLennan (Northern Ireland)
Aliansyah Caniago (Indonesia)
Ali Al-Fatlawi & Wathiq Al-Ameri (Switzerland)
Arin Rungjang (Thailand)
Chiharu Shiota (Japan/Germany)
Choy Ka Fai (Singapore)
Darlane Litaay (Indonesia)
David Gheron Tretiakoff (France)
Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa)
Dolorosa Sinaga (Indonesia)
Eva Kotátková (Czech Republic)
Gabriela Golder (Argentina)
Hanafi (Indonesia)
I Made Djirna (Indonesia)
Imhathai Suwatthanasilp (Thailand)
Jason Lim (Singapore)
Karrabing Film Collective (Australia)
Keisuke Takahashi (Japan)
Kiri Dalena (The Philippines)
Luc Tuymans (Belgium)
Marintan Sirait (Indonesia)
Nikhil Chopra (India)
Rama Surya (Indonesia)
Ratu Saraswati (Indonesia)
Robert Zhao (Singapore)
Semsar Siahaan (Indonesia)
Siti Adiyati (Indonesia)
Vasil Artamonov & Alexey Klyuykov (Czech Republic)
Willem de Rooij (The Netherlands)
Wukir Suryadi (Indonesia)
Yola Yulfianti (Indonesia)

The 2017 edition of the Jakarta Biennale will address the concept of JIWA to discuss various issues and questions related to contemporary art and culture. Proposing the concept of JIWA, which can be understood as a driving principle for individuals, collectivities, societies, non-humans or nature, JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017 will look at the whole spectrum of relations mobilizing the registers of the sensuous, the affective, and the cognitive. This domain adopts obvious political implications, the very schemes by which we make sense of the world.

Underlining the concept of JIWA, the biennale reflects this journey within Indonesia’s recent art history. As an exhibition, publishing, and educational project, JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017 observes the histories of immaterial impulses motivating artworks from different directions and origins. They include material objects, dematerialized and impermanent practices. JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017 suggests taking into account the “world” as co-author of the social. The exhibition 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.

JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017 approaches changes in society by sharing the diversity of art forms and methods, intellectual and practical encounters as well as educational propositions. JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017 initiates a series of publications in order to promote the critical writing on the recent history of Indonesian art.

JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017 will take place at the Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem as its main venue. In order to be present within a wider range of the public, the Biennale also collaborates with several museums such as the Jakarta History Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics, and the Wayang Museum.


JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017 will be open for public from November 4th to December 11th 2017.

JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017 is supported by the Jakarta Arts Council, Indonesian Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf), Embassy of Denmark, Stichting DOEN, Mori Building Co., Ltd., Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, Goethe Institut, Bamboo Curtain Studio, British Council, and Institut für Auslandbeziehungen (ifa).

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