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How to experience Art Jakarta 2019 to the fullest

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, August 31, 2019  /  03:39 pm
How to experience Art Jakarta 2019 to the fullest

Ronald Ventura's 'Bobro's World Tour, Jakarta' presented by Yavuz Gallery at 2019 Art Jakarta at the Jakarta Convention Center in Central Jakarta on Friday. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Running from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, Art Jakarta is back in town, this time with more programs and activities. Held in halls A and B of the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) in Central Jakarta, the 11th installment of the contemporary art fair is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for Rp 100,000 (US$7.05) per adult.

If you happen to visit the art fair, here is what you can do:

Appreciate contemporary artworks

Art Jakarta 2019 features galleries from 14 countries, many of which are at the fair for the first time. The new galleries are Atelier Aki, GALERIE OVO, Galerie Taménaga, Shugo Arts, TKG+, Segaris Art Center and Vin Gallery, among others. Apart from galleries, auction house Phillips Asia is among the new exhibitors at the fair, displaying artworks, watches and jewelry.


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You may also want to visit the Art Unlimited project by the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) and four curators: Asmujo J. Irianto, Bob Edrian, Irawan Karseno and Totot Indrarto. Located in Hall A, the project displays more than 70 artworks by 51 artists from various backgrounds, namely Hanafi, Mohammad Taufiq (Emte), Fluxcup, Prajna Deviandra and Nirwan Dewanto.

Bob Edrian said that, apart from the West Java capital of Bandung, Yogyakarta and Jakarta, artists had also come from the West Java regency of Karawang, the East Kalimantan capital of Samarinda and from Riau. “We’d like to show hybridity in career paths, origin and medium patterns,” Bob said on Friday, adding that both emerging and established artists were included to complement each other in terms of quality and experience.

You Ji In's 'North, K2' presented by The Columns Gallery at the 2019 Art JakartaYou Ji In's 'North, K2' presented by The Columns Gallery at the 2019 Art Jakarta (Art Jakarta/File)

Visitors are encouraged to find out more about the massive artworks displayed within the Art Jakarta Spot program. They can check out Cheuk Wing Nam’s interactive sound installation Silence – Meditation in Blue at hall B, You Ji In’s North K2 that displays North Korea’s propaganda at the bridge between halls A and B and Ronald Ventura’s unique “space” Bobro’s World Tour, Jakarta at Hall B.

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Interact with arts

The fair also displays several works that require a human touch to “work”. Tim Lewis’ Skull at Hall B, for instance, enables visitors to draw a human skull in a continuous line.

Meanwhile, Isha Hening’s motion graphics work Cursory Glance invites visitors to step into the artwork and experience new sensations of lighting, colors, sounds and motion graphics.


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Yogyakarta-based Lintang Radittya presents mixed-media installation Grand Narrative, that illustrates differences in the comprehension of science and technology between Eastern and Western people.

Join discussion sessions

Take your understandings about art to a new level by participating in different discussions, namely, We Discuss as part of collaboration between the fair and Whiteboard Journal on Saturday at 6 p.m., Being Global – Collectors Musical Chair Debate on Sunday at 2 p.m. and Indonesian Pavilion in Venice Biennale Arte 2019 on Sunday at 4 p.m. The fair will see Yogyakarta-based music group Rubah di Selatan embrace Indonesian culture and tradition in a performance on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Channel your inner creativity

Workshops by Eko Nugroho Art Class and HEI Schools are also available at the fair. Visitors can learn how to create woven bags or tie-dye scarfs to enhance their creative talent. Children can also join rock-painting and mask-painting classes. (asw)

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