The Jakarta Post
Art lovers, artists and collectors are beginning to flock to Yogyakarta for Jogja Art Weeks. The annual event held every May and June sees local galleries and art centers simultaneously holding art-related activities such as exhibitions, art performances, music performances, film screenings, discussions and art workshops.
Jogja Art Weeks is the brainchild of Yogyakarta artists and has materialized into a non-profit movement that gathers all art-related information in Yogyakarta and publishes it to ease access to art for art lovers and artists alike.
This year, more than 80 art galleries in Yogyakarta are displaying the works of the city’s artists including senior artists such as Djoko Pekik, Heri Dono and Eko Nugroho.
ARTJOG, the contemporary art exhibition still serves as the main magnet for the festivities. In 2017, the exhibition attracted 70,000 visitors to the Yogyakarta National Museum. The high volume of interest motivated other galleries in the city to display their art collections.
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Jumaldi Alfi, a contemporary artist from Yogyakarta said, “Yogyakarta artists must be thankful for ARTJOG, because of it, visitors that originally came to only visit ARTJOG also make time to visit surrounding galleries.” He also noted that Jogja Art Weeks not only benefits those in the art world, “The number of visitors to Jogja Art Weeks also affects the economy in general, especially in the tourism, culinary and trade sectors,” he added.
In Jogja Art Weeks, Jumaldi exhibits his work along with other artists at the SaRang Building, Bantul, Yogyakarta. Other galleries that are also holding exhibitions include Pelataran Djoko Pekik, Sangkring Art Space, Studio Kalahan, Galeri Lorong, Langgeng Art Foundation, Indie Art House and many more. (asw)
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