Press Release : RESIPRO(VO)KASI Exhibition


Visual Art Exhibition
Post-reformation Participatory Art Practices in Indonesia

5 – 19 October 2017
B Building National Gallery of Indonesia

The Japan Foundation Asia Center in cooperation with the National Gallery of Indonesia organizes “RESIPRO(VO)KASI: Post-reformation Participatory Art Practices in Indonesia” on 5 – 19 October 2017 at B Building, National Gallery of Indonesia. This exhibition is one of the series of Condition Report projects, a curatorial development program in Japan and Southeast Asia Center initiated by the Japan Foundation Asia Center since 2015. Started with a workshop and selection process for young curator proposals who will be flown to Japan to join a series of visits, discussions, and lecture activities in several art institutions in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, and Ogaki in 2016. The Condition Report project consists of two parts; the first is four collaborative exhibitions in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Bangkok involving a total of 21 curators from Indonesia, Cambodia, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, divided into 4 groups. The second part is 12 art projects organized by young curators in each city where they live. The RESIPRO(VO)KASI exhibition is one of  12 art projects series. 

This exhibition is curated by Bayu Genia Krisbhie, one of the participants of Condition Report project as well as an assistant curator in the National Gallery of Indonesia. RESIPRO(VO)KASI can be interpreted as “reciprocation and provocation” or “reciprocal provocation”, that is a communication method and an egaliterian two-way ideas exchange between artists and public correlating directly in the process of creating artworks/art events – in which we aware of or not - as if provoking each other. The emergence of the artists’ awareness on the effort of public involvement or involving themselves with the public in the creative process itself started from the rejection towards the etalism of fine art, culting of the artist’s profession by the public, and the alienation built between art objects and visitors in gallery/museum. Creative experimentation involving the public directly is one of the speculative attempts to break this juncture, though the results may create a new alienation. 

This exhibition aims to represent the development of participatory art since post-reformation period until now as a practice of creating ‘alternative’ works from the dominance of studio-based individual works. The mentioned participatory art practices has an approach that is closely related to terminology in Western art discouse such as relational art, fine art and social practice, interactive art, art activism, community-based art, and so on. A total of 10 individual and collective artists will feature 10 works with participatory art practice approach in a variety of mediums as well as social contexts. The presentation includes photography, installations, objects, video documentation, archives, and performance in the exhibition space. Participating artists are Moelyono (Tulungagung – Yogyakarta), Angki Purbandono (Yogyakarta), Wimo Ambala Bayang (Yogyakarta), Irwan Ahmett (Jakarta), Elia Nurvista (Yogyakarta), Fajar Abadi (Bandung), Vincent Rumahloine (Bandung), Alfiah Rahdini (Bandung), Jatiwangi Art Factory (Majalengka), dan Cut and Rescue (Jakarta).  

This exhibition is an effort to enrich the reading of phenomenon in contemporary art practice in Indonesia. Through the artists’ proposed ideas with their various social contexts, it is hoped that this exhibition will give an overview to what extent the artists are able to respond surrounding environment, sparking public critical thinking on contemporary social problems as well as providing different perspectives in interpreting the practice of creating process-based and event-based works as an alternative for artistic experiences for the artists and aesthetic experiences for public.

Fringe Events
Press Tour

Thursday, 5 October 2017
At 5.00 pm
In B Building National Gallery of Indonesia
Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur No.14 
Central Jakarta 10110

Opening Ceremony
Thursday, 5 October 2017
At 7.00 pm
In B Building National Gallery of Indonesia
Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur No.14
Central Jakarta 10110

Round Table Discussion
“Fine Art Involved in Indonesia Post-reformation: Critical Review”
Friday, 6 October 2017
At 2.00 pm
in Seminar Room
National Gallery of Indonesia