OPENING CEREMONY BIENNALE JOGJA XIII “Like A Trailing Plant, It’s The Way Art Perceives Chaos”

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YOGYAKARTA – When chaos is merely seen as negative chaos, it could never develop into opportunities on growth, cultural dialectic, improved work ethic, creative energy and productivity. Chaos will turn into future opportunities when we could change the world’s perspective by reversing the paradigm, from negative chaos into positive chaos.

The above statement was written by the Governor of Special Region of Yogyakarta, Hamengkubuwono X for the opening of Biennale Jogja XIII: Equator #3 at Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta (1/11). Drs. Umar Priyono, Head of Cultural Affairs of Special Region of Yogyakarta read the speech.

According to Sri Sultan, “Hacking Conflict”, the major theme of Biennale Equator Series #3 bringing Indonesia and Nigeria into an event, is a way to read conflict as a creative breakthrough. Likewise the chaotic nature of trailing plants, we recognize the growth in conflict by referring to several basic characteristics of rhizome.

“Grass differed from banyan tree that stands on a single point, one, centralized, hierarchical, bureaucratic. It connects with other in irregular pattern,” said Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X.

Moreover, the Director of Biennale Jogja XIII, Alia Swastika, put the context of Biennale Jogja on the relation between Indonesia and the internationalization of art. According to Alia, Biennale with Equator theme is a strategy to read historical map of the relations between Indonesia and the other nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

“In 2015, Biennale Jogja met Nigeria as one of the areas in the equator. Like when Biennale Jogja invited India and United Arab of Emirates in the themes of Religiosity and Mobility in 2011 and 2013, at present the two nations are reading the daily meaning of major conflict in democratic transition in the scope of Hacking Conflict,” Alia explained.

The main exhibition of Biennale Jogja XIII curated by Wok The Rock (Indonesia) and Jude Anogwih involves 34 artists and art communities, including 11 works of Nigerian artist.

“I underline collaboration as a method of working. Thus, it is a semi-open exhibition in the shape of activity space. The space was created by the participants coming from various disciplines,” described the Curator, Wok The Rock.

The exhibition involves visual artists, actors, musicians, book editors, advertising professionals, and dancers. Jogja National Museum provides three main venues for the exhibition, they are Pendopo Ajiyasa, Plaza JNM, and Plaza Kriya to December 10, 2015.

One of the outdoor works standing out amongst other is the collaboration between Indonesian artist, Maryanto, and Nigerian artist, Victor Ehikhamenor. The work talks about the problems of oil and energy in both nations.

Photo Illustration by Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta