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Jakarta Post

Artists band together to teach others how to form art collectives

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 18, 2020   /  11:08 am
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Creative force: Jakarta-based art collective Ruangrupa is best known for its intense social commentaries in various artistic mediums, balancing them with bright colors and humor. (Courtesy of Documenta/Gudskul/Jin Panji)

Every artist wants his or her artwork to be enjoyed by the masses. Some might struggle to achieve this, while others call it quits after repeated failure to introduce their works to a wider audience. In Jakarta, however, artists have found a way to keep themselves afloat in the field through collective arts, whereby art community groups work hand-in-hand with other groups in producing works, raising money to fund projects and managing exhibitions to promote their works. Convinced that up-and-coming artists in the country need to get on board with this method, they established Gudskul Contemporary Art and Ecosystem Studies, an informal art school encouraging artists to develop art communities and work with each other to stand the test of time. “We teach the up-and-coming artists how to work collectively with others in a community, as we believe the power of collaboratio...