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Six Indonesian curators to participate in Venice architecture expo

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, December 15, 2017  /  05:09 pm
Six Indonesian curators to participate in Venice architecture expo

The ancient city of Venice in Italy. (Shutterstock/File)

Six Indonesian curators are set to present architectural works from the archipelago at the Biennale Architettura 2018 in Venice, Italy, slated between May 26 and Nov. 25 next year.

Supported by the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf), the curators were chosen following a selection process that began on Oct. 9.

Out of a total of 70 proposals, a panel of judges consisting of Jay Subiakto, Gunawan Muhammad, Gunawan Tjahjono, Budi Lim and Ahmad Tardiyana selected five of them and invited the teams to present their work in Jakarta on Oct. 15. 

One group, comprising Ary Indra, David Hutama, Dimas Satria, Jonathan Aditya, Ardy Hartono and Johanes Adika, were given the opportunity to represent Indonesia at the Biennale Architettura after presenting a work titled "Sunyata: The Poetics of Emptiness."

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"This team of curators was dominated by young architects. Hopefully they can prove that young Indonesian architects are equal to foreign architects on a global scale," Joshua Puji Mulia Simandjuntak, the agency's fourth deputy for marketing, said as quoted by in Jakarta on Thursday.

Sunyata itself is said to be an interpretation of the "Freespace" theme set by the event's main curators, Yvonne Farrel and Shelley McNamara from Grafton Architects, Ireland.

"Among the works [that we will present] are 17 buildings from Bandung, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Klaten, Medan and Aceh," said Ary Indra, adding that the team also planned to explore works from Kalimantan and Sulawesi in January.

At the 16th installment of the event, the main curators reportedly aimed to restore architecture in terms of space quality and highlight in it the human spirit and willingness to share. Freespace also seeks to explore as elements in architecture human memories and hopes, ideas considered to have been increasingly neglected amid advancements in technology. (kes)