KOMPILASI: A Survey of Contemporary Indonesian ArtOpening: Tuesday 24 February, 6-8pm Dates: 24 February-13 March 2009
Film Screening: 7.30pm Thursday 26 February at Horse Bazaar 397 Little Lonsdale St. Melbourne
Artists Attending: Tintin Wulia (Denpasar/Melbourne), Bambang ‘Toko’ Witjaksono (Yogyakarta), Bayu (Yogyakarta), Angki Purbandono (Yogyakarta) & Ardi Gunawan (Jakarta/Melbourne)
Also featuring the work of: Video Battles, Ruang MES 56, Taring Padi, Video Babes, Jompet Kuswindananto, Yes No Wave Music, Black Ribbon, Iyok Prayogo, Uji ‘Hahan’ Saputro & Forum Lenteng
Co-curated by Kristi Monfries, Timothy O’Donoghue and Georgia Sedgwick with the assistance of the artists involved, the exhibition will he held at one of Melbourne’s most innovative independent arts organisations, Bus Gallery, and will include a program of performances and artist’s talks as well as film screenings at Horse Bazaar and listening stations and product displays at Sunshine & Grease (a record shop located in Bus Gallery).
KOMPILASI draws upon the contemporary art scene of Yogyakarta, Bandung and Jakarta in Indonesia to present a diverse exhibition of photography, installation, sculpture, interactive art, video, film, drawing, sound, graphic/street art and product design. Co-curated by Kristi Monfries, Timothy O’Donoghue and Georgia Sedgwick with the assistance of the artists involved, the exhibition will he held at Bus Gallery, and will include a program of performances and artist’s talks as well as film screenings at Horse Bazaar and listening stations and product displays at Sunshine & Grease (a record shop located in Bus Gallery).
This exhibition comes out of a sense the curators had that there is real momentum locally for critical engagement with the Indonesian contemporary arts scene. In Melbourne, Indonesian student numbers are at their highest. Increasingly too, these students are undertaking study in arts-related disciplines such as fashion, graphic design, architecture and fine arts and are beginning to find a place in the local arts scene. In much the same way there is increased traffic to Indonesia by Australian artists with programs like the Asialink residencies and the successful Sydney-based arts festival Gang program gaining traction within local arts communities. Myriad connections have been established but too much of the traffic is one-way. KOMPILASI gives Melbourne audiences the opportunity to be exposed to the next generation of contemporary Indonesian artists through an exhibition that is not only representative of the scene but enables dialogue and engagement with the artists themselves.
Many contemporary Australian artists work across a range of platforms; visual artists not only paint, draw or make installations but they also create music, are in bands and make their own films. This too has been the natural method of creation for artists in Indonesia and so in presenting a program which spans all artistic disciplines KOMPILASI attempts to highlight these very real artistic parallels between the contemporary arts scenes of Indonesia and Australia and in doing so uncover the vast opportunities for collaboration and exchange that these parallels offer.
Artist Talks: 1pm, Saturday 28 February