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Melati Suryodarmo: The power of the body

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Contributor

Surakarta, Central Java   /   Tue, May 24 2011   /  08:00 am

JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi“In performance art, the message to be conveyed by the artist is very personal, not always the same as that grasped by the audience, says Melati Suryodarmo.

“Everybody will automatically be involved in the show, thinking and imagining as well as participating. That’s the special feature and challenge in presenting performance art,” the woman from Solo, also known as Surakarta, who is now living in Germany, explained.

Melati is indeed a familiar name in performance art, which combines visual art with dramatic performance.

She has toured Europe, America and Asia for her performance art shows along with fellow artists from various countries. In Indonesia, she has presented her work at the art centers of Padepokan Lemah Putih (Surakarta), Rumah Seni Cemeti (Yogyakarta) and at the Goethe Institut (Jakarta).

Melati’s childhood was steep...