YOGYAKARTA BIENNALE FOUNDATION

BIENNALE JOGJA 10 YEARS TO GO:

Interviewing the Equator

Starting in 2011, the Biennale Jogja XI, which takes place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, will work its way around the equator, a zone designated as the area between the Tropic of Cancer (latitude 23°27′ north) and the Tropic of Capricorn (latitude 23°27′ south).  Biennale Jogja will look further towards the future, open up new perspectives and develop confrontations that engage convention and the establishment by examining similar situations all over the world. The discourse of contemporary art has become very dynamic, but we still notice that the dichotomy of center and periphery remains very strong. There is the need to identify new opportunities and seek out more valuable meaning in a biennale event.

The geopolitical parameters of North and South, which reflects categories of wealth and territorial closeness in term of stereotypical ethnicity, have been contributing greatly to the development of contemporary culture these days. We dream of a differentiation; we hope to be the initiator and catalyst for the creation of alternative relations and inter-relations in the practices of art.

The equator will be the common platform to re-read the notion of the world. At the same time, the equator can negate the existence of the ‘centers’ by offering a specific territorial frame of working; 23°27′ NL and 23°27′ SL. This is a step to introduce a non-central perspective.

The equator, when viewed within geological, geographical, ecological, ethnographic, historical and political realms, is of tremendous interest as a working area to be explored. Its diversity, which is a reflection of the wealth of abundance along the characteristic solar exposure, reflects closely linked living resources. The similarity of natural characteristics is framed within the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.

 

The equator – the earth zone which has a relatively higher speed of rotation; on a stretch of territory 40,000 km long; a mosaic of island continents in the webbing of the ocean – will be an ‘arena’ in which to assess results, meetings, encounters, clashes, repairs, renewal, and  humanity.  In each edition, beginning in 2011 and continuing through 2021, Biennale Jogja will work face-to-face with one other country at the equator, walking toward the West.  The title will be BIENNALE EQUATOR, shortened from its full title of THE EQUATOR: Biennale Jogja.

 

 

 
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