“SIASAT” invites both individual and collective artists practicing collaboration, participation, community-based project, intervention in public spaces, and thematic responds on specific subjects, and spaces.

15th Jakarta Biennale

9th to 30th November 2013

Parking Basement
Teater Jakarta – Taman Ismail Marzuki
Jl. Cikini Raya No. 73
Jakarta Pusat


Through two prior editions; ‘ARENA’ (2009) and ‘Maximum City’ (2011), Jakarta Biennale regards the city as a battle zone of interests. This vision is constructed by long historical process. Spread over colonial era to post-independence, Batavia is such distinctive territory which full of changes and explosions. These two previous themes lead the biennale to explore this city in other depths. In the precarious and changeable area, there is always a chance for resistance.

Jakarta Biennale 2013 has taken the theme “SIASAT”. An Arabic loanword, “siyasah” has a wide-ranging meaning in Indonesian. It can mean investigation or criticism, as well as politics, trickery, and tactics. It can also mean “reasoning” with which to achieve certain ends. Through SIASAT, Jakarta Biennale 2013 aims to reexamine how the citizens tackle all kinds of limitations, instabilities, problems, threats, potentials, as well as opportunities they encounter in the cityscape. It takes a look at how these ‘siasat’ are organically grown and established, and how they impact various aspects of the city life.

With the theme “SIASAT” Jakarta Biennale 2013 invites 50 or so individual artists and groups, involving hundreds of city residents and dozens of collaborators from across multitude of disciplines. Aside from Indonesia, also participating in this Biennale are artists from the Netherlands, China, Canada, France, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Kenya, Palestine, Vietnam, the Czech Republic, and Malaysia. Most of their works are results of collaboration with citizens and communities, or interventions in public spaces.

Participating Artists:

  • Abdulrahman Saleh aka Maman (Indonesia)
  • ACE HOUSE Collective (Indonesia)
  • Agan Harahap (Indonesia)
  • Akumassa (Indonesia)
  • Anton Ismael (Indonesia)
  • ArtLab ruangrupa (Indonesia) & Keg de Souza (Australia)
  • Awan Simatupang (Indonesia)
  • Babi Badalov (Azerbaijan/France)
  • CASCO (the Netherlands)
  • Danuri aka Pak Nur (Indonesia)
  • Davy Linggar (Indonesia)
  • Eko Nugroho (Indonesia)
  • Enrico Halim (Indonesia)
  • Etienne Turpin (Canada)
  • Fintan Magee (Australia)
  • Françoise Huguier (France)
  • Guntur Wibowo (Indonesia)
  • Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore)
  • Icaro Zorbar (Colombia)
  • Jatiwangi Art Factory & Trotoart (Indonesia)
  • Jimmy Ogonga (Kenya)
  • Julia Sarisetiati (Indonesia)
  • Kelas Pagi (Indonesia)
  • Khaled Jarrar (Palestine)
  • Kunst Republik (Germany)
  • Lifepatch (Indonesia)
  • Lost Generation (Malaysia)
  • Melati Suryodarmo (Indonesia)
  • Mella Jaarsma & Nindityo Adipurnomo (Indonesia)
  • Mixrice (South Korea)
  • Moelyono (Indonesia)
  • MR Adytama Pranada (Indonesia)
  • Mufti Priyanka aka Amenk (Indonesia)
  • Narpati Awangga aka oomleo (Indonesia)
  • Paul Mondok (The Philippines)
  • Riyan Riyadi aka The Popo (Indonesia)
  • Rizky Aditya Nugroho aka Bujangan Urban (Indonesia)
  • Ruli Bandhriyo aka Rolly LoveHateLove (Indonesia)
  • Saleh Husein (Indonesia)
  • Sanggar Anak Akar (Indonesia)
  • Sebastian Diaz Morales (Argentine)
  • SERRUM & Dinas Artistik Kota (Indonesia)
  • TRANZIT (Czech Republic)
  • Visual Arts Network of South Africa/VANSA (South Africa)
  • Woto Wibowo aka Wok the Rock (Indonesia)
  • Xu Tan (China)
  • Yusuf Ismail (Indonesia)
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