THE ARTISTIC TEAM OF JAKARTA BIENNALE 2017

Melati Suryodarmo (Artistic Director)

Melati Suryodarmo is a visual artist currently based in Indonesia. She holds a degree in international relations from Universitas Padjadjaran Bandung (UNPAD), Indonesia and has studied under renowned Butoh dancer Anzu Furukawa and acclaimed performance artist Marina Abramovic in Germany, where Suryodarmo earned a degree in fine art and an MFA in performance art at the Braunschweig University of Art. She has performed widely all over the world, notably in the Venice Biennale International Festival of Contemporary Dance (2007), eBent festival (Barcelona, 2007), AccionMAD! (Madrid, 2006), and Videobrasil International Electronic Art Festival (São Paolo, Brazil, 2005). Since 2007, she has organised the annual Performance Art Laboratory Project for the interdisciplinary arts institution Padepokan Lemah Putih in Solo, Indonesia.

Annissa Gultom (Curator)

Annissa Gultom started her focus in curatorial work during her bachelor degree in archaeology. She then pursued a Masters’ degree in Museum Communication at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

Over the years she has been involved in museum and non profit researches and projects in the subject of exhibition, development, communication, education programming, and also composing a few new museums master plan in Indonesia. Currently, she’s pursuing innovations in communicating the culture and cultural institutions to Indonesians and larger audience. She is currently co-manage 3bhuana Musea Komunika, the first institution in Indonesia that provide research, development and assistantship for museums. While travelling between Jakarta and Bali to work on ongoing museum projects.

Hendro Wiyanto (Curator)

Hendro Wiyanto is an art writer and freelance curator. He has written about works of Indonesian contemporary artists, among them Alit Sembodo, FX Harsono, Heri Dono, Jogja Agro-pop, Melati Suryodarmo, Ugo Untoro, ruangrupa, S. Teddy D, etc. He lives in Jakarta.

Philippe Pirotte (Curator)

Philippe Pirotte is an art historian, curator, and critic. Pirotte was one of the co-founders of the contemporary art centre objectif_exhibitions in Antwerp, Belgium and was Director of the internationally-renowned Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland (2005–2011). From 2004 to 2013, Pirotte held the position of Senior Advisor at the Rijksakademie for Visual Arts in Amsterdam, and in 2012, he became Adjunct Senior Curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Pirotte also served as Advising Program Director for the Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing and is an advisor for the Kadist Art Foundation (Paris/San Francisco). He is currently director of Frankfurt’s Städelschule art school and its gallery Portikus. Recently, he was appointed curator of the 2016 edition of the Biennale de Montréal, co-produced with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC).

Vít Havránek (Curator)

Vít Havránek is a curator and art organizer based in Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2002 he has been a director of the initiative for contemporary art tranzit (www.tranzit.org). tranzit.cz is a production platform, exhibition space (tranzitdisplay), discoursive platform (series of lecture, talk, thematic roundtables) and a publishing house. From 2007 tranzitdisplay hosted solo exhibitions of: Eric Beltrán, Eija Lisa Ahtilla, Ján Mančuška, Sung Hwan Kim, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Babi Badalov, Luis Camnitzer, Haroun Farocki, Carla Filipe, Ruti Sela, Loulou Chérinet, Július Koller, Emily Roysdon, Chto delat ?, Raqs Media Collective, Trinh T. Minh-Ha and others. Vit Havranek together with Vit Havranek together with Zbynek Baladran (display) served as a co-director of the exhibition space from 2007-2015.