January 2021
Singapore Art Week

Talk: Southeast Asia Art Watch: Indonesia

16 January 2020

16 January 2020

Tent B – Talks
S.E.A. Focus, Gillman Barracks
Admits entry with a valid S.E.A. Focus ticket

4.30PM – 6.00PM

Southeast Asia Art Watch is a series of country-specific talks focused on both developed and emerging art scenes in the region.

Mira Asriningtyas & Dito Yuwono, Curators of LIR Space & 900mdpl
Mella Jaarsma, Artist/Co-Founder of Cemeti Institute for Art & Society
Dr. Oei Hong Djien, Founder of OHD Museum 

Moderated by Tom Tandio, Fair Director of Art Jakarta

Indonesia has maintained one of the region’s most spirited contemporary art scenes with major centres of art- and exhibition-making located in cities such as Yogyakarta, Jakarta and Bandung. Recent years have also witnessed the opening of a major private museum, and several art fairs in their inaugural editions or under new creative leadership. This talk examines the reasons for the energy that is reinvigorating the country’s contemporary art landscape, and draws upon key insights from the players effectuating a new era for the country’s cultural ecology.

About the speakers:

LIR is the curator collective of Mira Asriningtyas and Dito Yuwono with a focus on research-based projects presented in an experimental, artistic approach. Over the years, the institutional format was perpetually changing leading them to shift to working virtually in 2019. As a collective, they are among the fellows in RAW Academie 6: CURA at RAW Material Company, Dakar. They are currently in the process of developing the second edition of a site-specific project “900mdpl” in Kaliurang, a resort village under active volcano Mt. Merapi, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

In their personal practice, Mira Asriningtyas works as an independent curator and art writer in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She was a fellow of De Appel Curatorial Program 2016/2017 at De Appel Art Center in Amsterdam. Dito Yuwono focuses on the notion of collectivity, personal history as part of major historical narrative and collective memory of a place. Some of his solo projects are: “Recollecting Memories: Tukang Foto Keliling” (Kaliurang, 2017 and ruangrupa, 2015), “Geography of Here and There” (NCCA – Darwin Australia, 2016) and “The First Political Space Called Home” (Cemeti Institute for Art and Society, Yogyakarta, 2017), among others.

Mella Jaarsma has become known for her complex costume installations and her focus on how culture and race are embedded in clothing, the body and food. In 1988, she co-founded Cemeti Institute for Art & Society with Nindityo Adipurnomo. Jaarsma’s works have been presented widely in exhibitions and art events in Indonesia and abroad, including: “Dunia Dalam Berita”, Macan Museum, Jakarta (2019); the Thailand Biennale (2018); the 20th Sydney Biennale (2016); “The Roving Eye”, Arter, Istanbul (2014) along with many others. Her work is part of the museum collections including the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and Singapore Art Museum.

Dr. Oei Hong Djien is a retired medical doctor and entrepreneur. He has been actively collecting modern and contemporary Indonesian art for the last 40 years. He is the founder and curator of OHD Museum in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, with the first museum building erected in 1997. He was an honorary advisor of Singapore Art Museum (2001-2005), a board member of the Singapore Art Museum (2005-2009) and an advisor of the National Art Gallery of Singapore for Indonesian Art (2010-2012). In July 2019, he was awarded the Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award by National Art Council (NAC) Singapore.

Businessman and collector Tom Tandio has been closely involved in both national and international exhibitions and private initiatives that promote local artists from Indonesia. He is the founder of the IndoArtNow Foundation, an online platform archiving works and exhibitions by contemporary Indonesian artists. His own collection concentrates on Southeast Asian contemporary art. In 2016, part of his collection was exhibited in Song Eun Art Space in Seoul, Korea. Tom Tandio was also the Artist Director and President of the Board of Young Collectors in Art Stage Singapore. He now currently serves as the Fair Director of Art Jakarta.