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ART|JOG|10: Changing perspective

Richard Horstman
Richard Horstman

Artivist, observes and reports on developments in the Bali and Indonesian art scenes

Ubud, Bali | Mon, May 15, 2017 | 01:02 pm
ART|JOG|10: Changing perspective

Works featured last year in ArtJog 2016, at the Jogja National Museum. (Courtesy ArtJog10/File)

A milestone in Indonesian art will be celebrated in May during the Grand Opening of ART|JOG|10, marking a decade in the ART|JOG journey, and beginning on May 19 at the Jogja National Museum (JNM).

Themed “Changing Perspective,” the fair will exhibit emerging and established artists side-by-side, while featuring some of Indonesia’s hottest contemporary talents.

An initiative born from the collective will of the Yogyakarta art community, ART|JOG’s significance is its model: a supporting and promotional platform for artists, not galleries, introducing fresh names to the market. It is the vision of CEO and co-founder Heri Pemad, who, through his support of the local art scene starting some 20 years ago, developed strong relationships of trust within the community.

“ART|JOG has grown quickly since 2008, when it was the Jogja Art Fair [JAF]. From 2009, we included curators, selected special themes and artists, and commissioned artists to remodel the façade of the building, originally Taman Budaya Yogyakarta,” Heri said.

“Wanting to create an international event, in 2010 we renamed it ART|JOG.”

A feature of ArtJog 10 2017: Meet The Artist Tour, last year with Joko Pekik(Courtesy ArtJog10/File)

“We attracted more and more international visitors in 2011 due to increasingly widespread publication, and began inviting international artists for special presentations. From 2012, our curatorial themes evolved. In short, ART|JOG has grown along with the development of the art world itself, because it has presented the development of artwork from Indonesia and the world,” he added.

With a keen eye for artists’ needs, Pemad launched Heri Pemad Art Management (HPAM) in 2004, an organization that evolved out of his personalized art services. HPAM has since played a defining role in the development of Indonesian contemporary art. This year ART|JOG|10 will exhibit over 120 artworks comprising two-and three-dimensional works, installations, videos, site-specific objects and performances. 

ART|JOG is the anchor event for the Jogja Art Weeks, a month-long festival of openings and events around the Yogyakarta Special Regency, which has developed into an art and cultural tourism boon, attracting national and international art lovers, industry insiders and collectors.

ArtJog 10 Curator Bambang (Courtesy ArtJog10/File)

"We selected 73 national and international artists this year via our Open Call Application, whether by invitation or those who self-applied," said ART|JOG|10 co-curator Ignatia Nilu. “Our selection process is not only based on the compatibility between the artwork and curatorial concept, but also the presentation method and the freshness of the artistic concept.

“The Open Call program is an unsurpassed way to scout the best young talents.”

ART|JOG|10’s main program includes the exhibition by artists from Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, England, the United States and Australia. Some of the local names showing are Angki Purbandono in collaboration with Nicholas Saputra, Agus Suwage, I Nyoman Masriadi, Tromarama and Agan Harahap.

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This year’s commissioned works are by Wedhar Riyadi, a young Yogyakarta artist, presenting his balloons installation that is decorated with eye icons, transforming the main facade of JNM.

“Through the theme, ‘Changing Perspectives: The Challenge for The Artist,’ we dare the artists to take a fresh look at how they work from various point of views,” said Bambang "Toko" Witjaksono of the curatorial team. “Not only from a technical aspect, but also the interpretation, to hopefully enhance and achieve beyond what we have had and have experienced up to now.”

"The Making of the Statue of RJ Katamsi," a 2.5 bronze made in conjunction with Wahyu Santoso.(Courtesy ArtJog10/File)

A new and special highlight of ART|JOG|10 is The Making of The Statue of RJ Katamsi, a 2.5 bronze piece made in conjunction with Wahyu Santoso. The statue honors the artist, one of the founders and the president director of the Indonesian Academy of Art (ASRI), the first fine arts campus in Indonesia, which was opened in 1950 and is now known as ISI. The statue will be erected at the historical Jogja National Museum, the original ASRI site.

The event’s supporting program includes an open-air cinema by the Jogja-Netpac Asian Film Festival (JAFF); The Young Artist Award, an award for the best young participating artists under 33 years old; Jogja Art Weeks, a publication providing comprehensive information about art and cultural happenings in Yogyakarta from May-June; and the Merchandise Project, which has invited 20 artists, including Eko Nugroho, Papermoon Theatre, Oky Rey Montha, Farid Stevy, and Bob Sick Yudhita to create special buyables.

For ART|JOG|10 VIP guests, the special preview on May 19 begins five hours before the exhibition officially opens. (asw)

ArtJog 10 e-poster(Courtesy ArtJog10/File)

Supporting Program Time & Dates:

Curatorial Tours: Saturday, May 27 & June 10, 3 p.m.; Sunday, June 4 & 18, 3 p.m.

Meet the Artists: Sunday, May 28 & June 11, 3 p.m.; Saturday, June 3 & 17, 3 p.m.

Open Air Cinema: Tuesday, May 23 & 30, June 6 & 13, 7:30 p.m.

ASRI Tours: Tuesday, June 6 & 13, 3 p.m.



Open on 7 p.m. on May 19, continues through June 19.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jogja National Museum

Jl. Prof. Ki Amri Yahya No. 1, Yogyakarta

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