Entanglement: art, society and participatory practice in Indonesia

Crawford School of Public Policy | Indonesia Project

Event details

Indonesia Study Group

Date & time

Wednesday 19 May 2021


McDonald Room, Menzies Library entry level, RG Menzies Building #2, ANU


Elly Kent (ANU)


ANU Indonesia Project

Participatory art practice—where artists involve people directly in the form of their artwork—has recently dominated the global contemporary art scene, yet relatively little attention has been paid to this practice in Asia. This seminar look at the work of Indonesian artists, who often make solo studio work and participatory art projects. Social engagement, often politically motivated or aligned, consistently featured alongside individuality in the practices and philosophies of early modernist Indonesian artists. The field was further influenced by the student movement in the 1970s, development discourses in the 1980s, and international educational and environmental movements in the 1990s. Utilising a theoretical framework that is heavily indebted to the Indonesian art critic Sanento Yuliman’s (1941-1992) concept of a continuous “artistic ideology”, the speaker will present case studies addressing the work of Arahmaiani Feisal, Made “Bayak” Muliana, I Wayan “Suklu” Sujana, Tisna Sanjaya, Fajar Abadi, and Elia Nurvista to show how contemporary artists have extended this continuum, perpetuating and critiquing historical influences. This seminar will also discuss how these particular contexts and networks of production have continued to engage with early modernist concepts, as well as local and global discourses, to create conditions which effectively mandate socially-engaged art practice for many artists.

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