The Biennale Jogja XII will be focusing on the encounter between Indonesia and four countries in Arab region, namely Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Biennale Jogja XII Equator #2
16. Nov. 2013 – 6. Jan. 2014

Curator: Agung Hujatnikajennong (Indonesia)
Co Curator : Sarah Rifky (Mesir)

Artistic Director:
Farah Wardani (Indonesia)

Curated by Agung Hujatnikajennong (Indonesia) and Sarah Rifky (Egypt), the biennale starts from a perspective that sees the contemporary art practice as a representation of modes of ‘productions–distributions–consumptions’ that have shaped the cultural globalization, as stated:

Capital flow and exchange has transformed our understanding of nature, of ideas, and how we encounter the reality of moving, of being mobile, informs our perception of things. The exhibition will be conducted along the lines of collaborations encounters and exchanges – with artworks, artists and ideas. In the manner of a conversation, the exhibition is not incited by a theme, but is informed by the works that shape it. Traversing notions of homeland, diaspora, other places, migration, travel, circulation, of finance, of art works, of experience, from the lines that connect places through the economy and experience of migrant labor, to products, replicated, transformed, morphed, reproduced to the rehearsal of rituals; not only culture, the artwork in its own right becomes a site of syncretism – in the linguistic sense, speaking to Yogakarta as city, described as “syncretic” in its cultural political formation.” (Agung Hujatnikajennong and Sarah Rifky, February 2013)

To be held from 16 November 2013 – 6 January 2014, the curatorial premise takes an inspiration from the migration of people and goods, as well as long, historical encounters and exchanges between Indonesia and the Arab region. It will show works by artists not only from Indonesian and Arab regions (by passport/nationalities), as one of the consequences of taking ‘mobility’ as one of the keywords in the exhibition.

Participating artists include:

Agus Suwage, Agung Kurniawan, Duto Hardono, Eko Nugroho, FX Harsono, Leonardiansyah Allenda, Otty Widasari, Prilla Tania, Restu Ratnaningtyas, Syagini Ratna Wulan, Samuel Indratma, Sigit Pius, Tisna Sanjaya, Tintin Wulia, Reza Afisena, Ugo Untoro, Venzha Christiawan, Ahmed Matter, Dina Denish, Hassan Khan, Jasmina Metwaly, Magdi Mostafa, Mohamed Abdelkarim, Nasir Nasrallah, Salwa Aleryani, Take to The Sea, Tiong Ang, Wael Shawky, Asuncion Molinos, Ayman Yossri, Basim Magdy, and others. 

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