Main Exhibition Program of Biennale Jogja XIII Equator #3: Hacking Conflict – Indonesia Meets Nigeria

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The main exhibition of Biennale Jogja XIII will be held in November the 1st to December the 10th 2015. It is the first exhibition of the Equator series curated by an artist, Wok The Rock. He was selected by the artistic director, Rain Rosidi. Wok The Rock is working together with a Nigerian based curator, Jude Anogwih and Biennale Jogja researcher, Lisistrata Lusandiana.

After the research he conducted in Nigeria, Wok The Rock decided to explore actual issues faced by both Nigeria and Indonesia after the end of the military regime. The discussion of the actual issues is done to avoid the stereotypical discourse addressed to both countries. Criticism addressed toward the unstable democracy practice would be the base of theme exploration. Through the exhibition, curator and artists engage audience to conduct experiment in the making use of conflict, chaos, misinterpretation and difference, considering their inherent position within democracy system. Conflict has been considered as an evil needs to be removed for a harmonious relationship. As a matter of fact, conflict always exists in the democracy since everyone has the right to speak. Hence, conflict should be considered positively. It is a principal thing in democracy that needs to be managed to achieve harmony we’ve never imagined.

Based on the theme, the curator has designed an exhibition in the form of activity space. The space is created with the participants with various different backgrounds through the collaborative process. An intense discussion forum of the participants is hold monthly for processing collaborative art projects. The aim of the collaboration is to create synergy within the works and to stimulate conflicts during the process. Since the theme is not merely a narration. The exhibition is trying to create a space which has the power of public intervention in an artistic way. The main goal is the public involvement for generating public opinion. By doing so, art will open the possibility of a new initiative, aspiration and discourse distribution.

There are 23 participants from Indonesia and 11 from Nigeria take part of the exhibition. They are Ace House Collective, Aderemi Adegbite, Agan Harahap, Amarachi Okafor, Anggun Priambodo, Anti Tank, Ardi Gunawan, Arief Yudi, Dodo Hartoko, Elia Nurvista, Emeka Ogboh, Emeka Udemba, Fitri Setyaningsih, Joned Suryatmoko, Kainebi Osahenye, ketjilbergerak, Lifepatch, Maryanto, Ndidi Dike, Olanrewaju Tejuoso, Punkasila, Rully Shabara, Segun Adefila, Serrum, Tarlen Handayani, Temitayo Ogunbinyi, Uche Okpa Iroha, Victor Ehikhamenor, Wukir Suryadi, Yudi Ahmad Tajudin, Yazied Syafa’at, Yustoni Volunteero and Yusuf Ismail.

Discussion forum of the participant has been started in May and hold monthly. The forum is hold in Yogyakarta, Jakarta and Lagos, both offline and online (via facebook group). This forum will be conducted until December 2015.
On July, 2 Indonesian artist, Anggun Priambodo and Maryanto, had a residency in Lagos, Nigeria for two months. They went to Lagos for cultural observation and started producing their works. The next residency program is going to be done by 5 Nigerian artists. They will stay in Yogyakarta for a month, October to November.

The main site of the exhibition is Pendopo Ajiyasa, Plaza JNM and Plaza Kriya Jogja National Museum. The exhibition site is designed to be a semi open air with the help of an artist and an architect, Iswanto Hartono. The activity space concept and the character of semi open air of the exhibition site will engage people in the neighborhood. Jogja National Museum will be the site of active interaction embracing numerous activities, such as performances and art events in every week. The event schedule will be published on the website, social media and Equator newsletter of Biennale Jogja in October 2015. See you guys in November 2015.