Press Release : The 4th Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale


The 4th Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale

“Ways of Clay: Perspectives toward the Future”


Opening Reception

December 7th, 2016

7.00 PM

National Gallery of Indonesia


Exhibition Opens for Public and Free Admission

December 8th, 2016 – January 22nd, 2017

10.30 AM to 6.00 PM

in A, B, and C Building National Gallery of Indonesia

Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur No.14, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia


Exhibition Closed on every National Holiday

The 4th Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale (JCCB-4), a program of Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale (JCCB-4) supported by the National Gallery of Indonesia will be held on December 7th, 2016 - January 22, 2017. Featuring works by 41 artists from more than 20 countries, The 4th JCCB is the biggest contemporary ceramics biennale in southeast Asia.

With the theme “Ways of Clay: Perspectives Toward the Future”, JCCB aims to interpret history as a perspective that we can use to understand future ceramic art practices. JCCB doesn’t look at history merely in a scholarly context of ceramic art history as a discipline. Rather, the biennale hopes to look at the history of clay and ceramic media usage within the wider art practice. In other words, clay and ceramics will be placed in a context separate from their categorical boundaries (or burdens). The reality of history demonstrates the fact that clay and ceramic-based media cannot be confined within aesthetic categories as formulated by modern art. Furthermore, clay and ceramic media continue to draw the attention of artists from diverse backgrounds and practice. This historical legacy becomes JCCB’s main motivation to continue to invite the involvement of artists from diverse backgrounds.

“Ways of Clay: Perspectives Toward the Future” tries to understand the connection between the artist’s ideas/concepts and the various ways of [artistic] expressions, where the artist’s individual perspective toward material and media defines or influences his or her creative process and appreciation. “Status” describes the condition and state of ceramic art practice, while also reflecting a political meaning, especially in the context of art history, theory, and discourse. Interestingly, ceramic art practice has always embodied a paradox on many levels—either as material, media or object. For instance, the ephemeral-permanent paradox of clay and ceramics; the rural-cosmopolitan between ceramic craft and ceramic design; exclusivity vs. mass production between hand- or traditional-craft and industrial products. This paradox causes the practices of ceramics art is always in an unstable condition, but also flexible and contains mobility. Continuously, the changes and paradox has become the part of ceramics artists’ awareness until today. Interestingly, this paradox characteristic itself causes the practices of ceramics art survives and becomes a part of art zeitgeist itself.

Today, when arts is dominated by digital-based media, on one side, ceramics art practices becomes its part by using possible technology as a part of art expression. But, on the other side it becomes an antithesis of the virtual world, when clay nowadays is more understood as an experiential material, then the art ceramics practices is an experience about materiality that offers a way back to reality.


The 4th JCCB Artists in Residence

The 4th JCCB is unlike previous editions of JCCB, because it begins with an extensive artists-in-residence program, held simultaneously at several locations. Artists spend one month interacting with local situations, both socially and culturally. From August to November 2016, a total of 20 artists, from Indonesia and abroad, work in diverse settings in various cities across Indonesia. Some artists work in ceramics villages, while others hone their creative skills at artists' studios, ceramic schools, as well as ceramics factories. JCCB-4 works closely with residency hosts to accommodate the artists as best as possible.

This year's residency program informs future JCCB events. We have learned valuable lessons, among which that an international-scale biennial becomes more interesting if it can nurture positive interactions between the artists' and local communities. Secondly, residency-inspired works provide a stronger sense of connection between the artists and their local communities. Thirdly, this model can help activate and enrich the ceramic art ecology by connecting artists with art education institutions, individual ceramics studios, industrial-scale ceramics factories, traditional ceramics producers, and ceramics community. Activating and forming the ecology of ceramic art by collaborating with many institutions such as high schools and art universities, individual ceramics studio, ceramics industry, pottery and ceramics maker community.

Locations and Host of the Residencies:

Bandung; FSRD-ITB, ISBI-Bandung, Kandura-Studio, Ahadiat Joedawinata Studio, SMKN 14 (SMSR). Majalengka: Jatiwangi Art Factory (JAF). Yogyakarta: Timboel Rahardjo Studio-Kasongan, ArsKala Prinsciple Studio. Semarang: Sango Ceramics. Bali: Jenggala Ceramics, Agung Ivan Studio, Tanteri Ceramics.

Artists in Residence:

Angie Seah (Singapura) - Arya Pandjalu (Indonesia) - Awangko Hamdan (Malaysia) - Danijela Pivašević-Tenner (Serbia/Germany) - Eddie Hara (Indonesia/Switzerland) - Elodie Alexandre (France/India) - He Wenjue (China) - Joris Link (Netherlands) - Jose Luis Singson (Philippinnes) - Joseph Hopkinson (Wales/United Kingdom) - Kawayan De Guia (Philippinnes) - Ljubica Jocic Kneževic (Serbia) - Maria Volokhova (Ukraine/Germany) - Nao Matsunaga (Japan/United Kingdom) - Pei-Hsuan Wang (Taiwan) - Richard Streitmatter-Tran (Vietnam) - Ryota Shioya (Japan) - Soe Yu Nwe (Myanmar) - Thomas Quayle (Australia) - Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko (Indonesia)

Details of the residencies program link to :


One of the most fundamental differences between JCCB and other international ceramics exhibitions lies in the involvement of non-ceramists. Almost all periodic international-scale ceramics exhibition are organized to showcase, exclusively, works by ceramists or ceramic artists.

The JCCB is an event that opens its doors to non-ceramic artists. It carries the same spirit as the above mentioned exhibitions. However, perhaps the greater influence behind the JCCB creed is the Indonesian art landscape itself that has placed ceramic art within the fine art locus. In this way, JCCB has unwittingly placed the foundations that help set itself apart from other ceramics biennial, while at the same time, demonstrating the relevance of the context behind its establishment. The keywords that best describe JCCB are “inclusive” and “expansive”. Inclusive in a sense that JCCB will always be open to, and invite the involvement of, artists that are not necessarily ceramists by trade. It is expansive because it supports artistic breakthroughs and explorations of diverse interpretations of ceramics, materially and conceptually.

Artists (non­–Residency):

Agugn Prabowo (Indonesia) - Alice Couttoupes (Australia) - Ane Fabricus Christiansen (Denmark) - Antonella Cimatti (Italia) - Clare Twomey (United Kingdom) - Diego Akel (Brazil) - Eddie Prabandono (Indonesia) - Eva Larsson (Swedia) - Geng Xue (China) - Gita Winata (Indonesia) - Heri Dono (Indonesia) - Kyoko Uchida (Japan) - Kyungwon Baek (South Korea) - Masha Ru (Russia/Netherlands) dan Dina Roussou (Greece/Netherlands) - Mohamad Rizal Salleh (Malaysia) - Nadya Savitri (Indonesia) - Panca DZ (Indonesia) - Sarah O’Sullivan (Australia) - Takashi Hinoda (Japan) - Teri Frame (United States) - Tomoko Sakumoto (Japan)


Fringe Events JCCB-4

Seminar Ways of Clay: Perspective Toward the Future

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

at 11.00 AM – 2.00 PM

Seminar Room, National Gallery of Indonesia


Nurdian Ichsan (Curator), Arya Pandjalu (Artist), Kawayan de Guia (Artist, Philippines)

Moderator: Rizki A. Zaelani


Artists Talk, Ceramics Sharing and Presentation

December 8th, 2016 –January 22nd, 2017

at 11.00 AM – 3.00 PM

Seminar Room, National Gallery of Indonesia


Gallery Tour

December 8th, 2016

at 4.00 PM - 5.00 PM

at A, B, & C Building, National Gallery of Indonesia

with all artists of JCCB-4:

Luigi Singson (Philippinnes), Ljubica Jocic Kneževic (Serbia), Richard Streitmatter-Tran (Vietnam), Angie Seah (Singapore), Heri Dono (Indonesia)

Interactive Performance (Gallery)

December 8th, 2016

at 4.00 PM – 5.00 PM

at the exhibition venues, National Gallery of Indonesia

with all artists of JCCB-4:

Ryota Shioya (Japan), Masha Ru (Russia/Netherland) dan Dina Roussou (Greece/Netherlands)


Ceramic Workshops

Every Saturday and Sunday from December 10th, 2016 to January 22nd, 2017



Kelontong Keramik

Ceramics selection for JCCB 4, a ceramics pop up store by 17 ceramic studio from Jakarta and Bandung.

December 8th, 2016 - January 22nd, 2017

at 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Presented at the Art Shop of the National Gallery of Indonesia


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Organization of The 4th JCCB 2016

Pioneer of JCCB : Asmujo J. Irianto, Rifky Effendy

Director: Rifky Effendy . Artistic Director: Asmujo J. Irianto. Curator: Nurdian Ichsan, Rizki A. Zaelani. Residency Coordinator: Nia Gautama. Assistant for Residency Program: Akbar Adhi Satrio (FSRD-ITB), Erik Rifky Prayudhi (ISBI-Bandung), Nadzifa Hidayati, Nesa Pratama, Natas Setiabudhi, Apri Susanto (Yogyakarta). Secretary: Andi Nadya Aurora. Treasury: Tania Kardin. Editor: Yakobus Ari Respati, Axel Ramadhan Grafik. Translator: Henny Rolan. Design: Yudo Satrio, Yosefa Aulia. Exhibition Coordinator: Puja Anindita. Photography: Tim JCCB-4, Anjar Tanjung, Aero Visual Studio.

The 4th JCCB 2016

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