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 has been working for and with museums since 2002 when she was a bachelor student in Archaeology department, Universitas Indonesia. She started to be involved in volunteering as public program guide in the Jakarta History Museum then follow up by temporary exhibit curatorial works in 2006 for the same museum and Museum Nasional. She then further her work in museum research, planning and design after she completed her masters in Museum Communication program, from Museum Studies department, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Her experiences in museum and exhibits are mostly in the subject of archaeology, anthropology, cultural heritage, modern history and relevant ethnographic living culture. Other than curating exhibits, as a museologist she also has been involved in different facets of museum projects in database development, education program design, public communication strategy, storage system development and audience research. In 2013-2016 she was the director for Museum Kain in Bali, now she acts as curator for Jakarta History Museum and Museum Bank Indonesia until December 2017.

Jakarta Biennale 2017 is her first ever involvement in presenting contemporary art in the midst of conventional museum display. Her involvement is to support the vision of Jakarta Biennale 2017, to established, for the first time in Indonesia, interrupting the spaces in conventional history and cultural heritage museums and starting a more diverse dialogue.

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.