Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina

20151109 Irwan-Tita dan Yudi

Irwan Ahmett – Tita Salina & Yudi Ahmad Tajudin
“Restitution of 1755: Hacking Giyanti”
Procession, discussion, performance

As in their previous works that address the complexity of problems, the collaboration of artist duo Irwan-Tita and Yudi Ahmad Tajudin attempts to play with foundations of historical legitimacy, which are now rarely questioned. In this work, the artists are interested in conflicts about living spaces that have recently emerged in Yogyakarta, both at the elite and grassroots levels. To find solutions for these conflicts, this art project focuses on the Giyanti Treaty and in so doing delves into the history of the city as well as the NgayogyakartaHadiningrat kingdom. “Restitution of 1755: Hacking Giyanti” has not been created to determine the truth or authentic history, but intentionally questions the legitimation of the Yogyakarta Sultanate. As such, this work asks us to always be mindful of all forms of power legitimation.

Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina are Indonesian artists live and work in Jakarta. Both of them graduated from Graphic Design, Institut Kesenian Jakarta. Their artworks are series of interventions in public space using found objects and situational experiments, specifically designed to respond to the problems of the specific city they live in temporarily. It may involve public in a specific urban area, using ‘play’ as the main platform. Produce a complex artwork that could transform problems to irony, and change the citizen’s perspectives on their cities. In deeper level, the aim is to change the behavior of the participants and/or the audience. This duo has participated in some art recidencies. They have also hold many art projects in Indonesia, Japan and many other countries in Europe.