NOT A DEAD END
Biennale Jogja XII Equator #2
Indonesia Encounters The Arab Region
16 November, 2013 till 6 January, 2014
Agung Hujatnikajennong (IDN)
Sarah Rifky (EGY)
Jogja National Museum
Langgeng Art Foundation
Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta Biennale Foundation
The curatorial premise of Biennale Jogja XII Equator #2 takes an inspiration from the migration of people and goods, as well as long, historical encounters and exchanges between Indonesia and the Arab region. It will show works by artists not only from Indonesian and Arab regions (by passport/nationalities), as one of the consequences of taking ‘mobility’ as one of the keywords in the exhibition.
Ahmed Mater (SAU), Agung Kurniawan (IDN), Agus Suwage (IDN), Asuncion Molinos (ESP) , Ayman Yousri (PSE), Basim Magdy (EGY) , Dina Danish (EGY) , Duto Hardono (IDN), Eko Nugroho (IDN), FX Harsono (IDN), Handiwirman Saputra (IDN), Hassan Khan (EGY) , HONFablab (IDN), Jasmina Metwaly (EGY) , Leonardiansyah Allenda (IDN), Magdi Mostafa (EGY) , Mobius (ARE), Mohamed Abdelkarim (EGY) , Nasir Nasrallah (ARE), Otty Widasari (IDN), Pius Sigit, Kuncoro (IDN), Prilla Tania (IDN), Radhika Khimji (OMN), Restu Ratnaningtyas (IDN), Reza Afisina a.k.a. Asung (IDN), Salwa Aleryani (YEM), Samuel Indratma (IDN), Syagini Ratna Wulan (IDN), Take to The Sea (EGY/ ITA) , Tintin Wulia (IDN), Tiong Ang (NLD), Tisna Sanjaya (IDN), UBIK (IND), Ugo Untoro (IDN), Venzha Christiawan (IDN), Wael Shawky (EGY)
The Biennale Jogja XII will be focusing on the encounter between Indonesia and five countries in Arab region, namely Egypt, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Curated by Agung Hujatnikajennong (Indonesia) and Sarah Rifky (Egypt), the biennale starts from a perspective that sees the contemporary art practice as a representation of modes of ‘productions–distributions–consumptions’ that have shaped the cultural globalization, as stated:
“Capital flow and exchange has transformed our understanding of nature, of ideas, and how we encounter the reality of moving, of being mobile, informs our perception of things. The exhibition will be conducted along the lines of collaborations encounters and exchanges – with artworks, artists and ideas. In the manner of a conversation, the exhibition is not incited by a theme, but is informed by the works that shape it. Traversing notions of homeland, diaspora, other places, migration, travel, circulation, of finance, of art works, of experience, from the lines that connect places through the economy and experience of migrant labor, to products, replicated, transformed, morphed, reproduced to the rehearsal of rituals; not only culture, the artwork in its own right becomes a site of syncretism – in the linguistic sense, speaking to Yogakarta as city, described as “syncretic” in its cultural political formation.” (Agung Hujatnikajennong and Sarah Rifky, February 2013)
Image: Artworks by Agus Suwage, Social Mirror, 2013. Courtesy Biennale Jogja.