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ArtAsiaPacific 106 (Nov/Dec 2017)

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multiple realities

In the November/December issue of ArtAsiaPacific, we look at how artists transform the spaces around us, making visible the hidden and overlooked, while rearranging the boundaries of what we think we know as a way to overcome presumed social dichotomies and to provide greater access to our shared histories. We begin with the cover Feature on Melati Suryodarmo, who is redefining performance art in Southeast Asia and connecting it with personal and collective histories. Independent curator Eva McGovern-Basa explores the various stages of the artist’s career, from her early practice in Germany under the tutelage of Japanese Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa (1952–2001) to her infamous performance on 20 bricks of soft butter, first performed in 2000. Twenty years later, Suryodarmo’s recent works have become staunchly feminist, addressing gender issues…


INDAH ARIANI Indah Ariani is a journalist and creative consultant based in Indonesia, highly recognized for her community building and activist work. She was one of the initiators of the Indonesia Literature Reading Movement, which started in 2011, and is involved with Gerakan Kita Indonesia, an organization supporting peace and tolerance. She previously worked as the senior features editor at Dewi magazine, and is currently the communications coordinator at Jiwa: Jakarta Biennale, which will open this November. (See DISPATCH) WILFRED CHAN Wilfred Chan is a writer based in Hong Kong covering contemporary photography and visual art. He is also a journalist at Splinter News, a co-founding editor of Hong Kong-based art and culture media outlet Still / Loud, and a former writer and producer at CNN International. (See BOOK REVIEW) PATRICIA CHEN Patricia Chen is a writer…

fx harsono on timoteus anggawan kusno

Timoteus Anggawan Kusno, or Angga, as he is familiarly called, lives in Jogja and began his art career in 2007. In November 2014, he held a solo exhibition at Kedai Kebun Forum titled “Memoir of Tanah Runcuk: A Note from the ‘Lost’ Land.” The project was presented as the result of comprehensive research into a little-known place near the Dutch East Indies by an organization called Center for Tanah Runcuk Studies (CTRS). But “Memoir of Tanah Runcuk” is a fictional historical artwork. Usually, fiction and history are on opposite sides. History is a reality that took place in the past; fiction is made up, or imaginary, and does not exist. So how can history that never took place be presented as if it had? And what encouraged the emergence of…


In the urban scene of Jakarta today, there is a vortex that is attracting many people to enter and engage with the city. That vortex is art. Exhibitions and cultural activities, as well as news about developments in the art scene, continue to garner national attention. The long-awaited private Museum MACAN (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara)—which we have been hearing about since early 2016— will open on November 5, just days before the opening of the Jakarta Biennale 2017. Artistic director Melati Suryodarmo, a well-known Indonesian performance artist, and curatorial team of Annissa Gultom, Hendro Wiyanto, Philippe Pirotte and Vít Havránek, will introduce the Biennale’s theme of “Jiwa,” which can be understood as life, energy, vigor or soul, and can be seen as a driving principle for individuals,…

guggenheim china show neutered

The decision was reached after what the museum cited as “explicit and repeated threats of violence” from the public as a result of a highly publicized anti-animal-cruelty petition calling for the removal of the works. The Change.org petition’s author claims that “the exhibit will feature several distinct instances of unmistakable cruelty against animals in the name of art.” As this report goes to print, the petition has gathered more than 794,300 signatures out of its goal of 1 million. Protestors have also staged marches outside the museum. The exhibition, which opened on October 6 and runs until January 7, 2018, features more than 150 works of art created in China after the end of the Cold War, exploring the spread of globalization and the nation’s rise. It is the largest show…

private philanthropy

The United States has a long tradition of philanthropy. Every community knows that unless their citizens contribute, they simply will not have a hospital, library, art gallery or museum. People of quite modest means feel obligated to donate to charities of their choice. They feel the need to give back to society. On the other hand, countries with British or European traditions have long histories of state or local administrations providing support for arts and culture. Philanthropy was largely the preserve of authorities, or the “super-rich,” such as the Medici or Sainsbury families. Support for the arts from private citizens, on any scale, is a relatively recent development in many countries including my own, New Zealand. Previously, there was a general attitude that the state, the local council or the occasional wealthy…