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Jakarta Post

Jakarta Biennale: A new understanding of contemporary Indonesian art

  • Carla Bianpoen


Jakarta   /   Thu, November 2 2017   /  01:05 am

Hanafi (Courtesy of Jakarta Biennale)This year’s Jakarta Biennale will diverge from many of the curatorial practices of its predecessors

The Jakarta Biennale, which is set to open on Saturday at Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem in South Jakarta, will this year adopt Jiwa as its artistic concept.

Jiwa is a concept that is almost impossible to translate into English, but for this biennale, it could be understood as an all-encompassing energy and creative spirit that flows from the past, or the memory of it, to the present and onwards toward new visions.

Bissu, the androgynous shamans from South Sulawesi who will perform prayers and blessings at the opening of the vernissage evening, are just the beginning of what is in store. Another rare feature will be the inclusion of works that could be considered Balinese “art brut” (raw art) by artists Ni Tanjung and Dwi Putro Mul...