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Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Ocula Conversation Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Tessa Moldan, Brussels

With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.

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Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Los Angeles

Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.

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Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Ocula Insight Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Apoorva Rajagopal, Dublin

Ack Ro' , Jaki Irvine's reflection on the fragility of life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is an 'ambitious, holistic installation' staged like a 'wild disarray of interconnected yet fragmented pieces'.

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Yogyakarta Art Guide

Indonesia

Previous Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih, On Beginnings at Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta
19 October–10 November 2019 I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih On Beginnings Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta
Contemporary art exhibition, Erizal As, Formless Existance at Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta
25 July–31 August 2019 Erizal As Formless Existance Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta
Contemporary art exhibition, Ibrahim, Flourishing Within The Void at Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta
22 November–10 December 2018 Ibrahim Flourishing Within The Void Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta

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Meg Maggio Ocula Conversation Meg Maggio Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Meg Maggio’s enthusiasm is a force to be reckoned with. She races into her gallery space in Wong Chuk Hang to meet me, with entrepreneur and friend, Juan van Wassenhove in tow. She runs around the gallery eager to introduce visitors to each other, with a: “You need to know him, he has the most magnificent temple hotel in Beijing...

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Critic's guide: Southeast Asia Related Press Critic's guide: Southeast Asia 2 September 2016, Frieze

Founded this year by art historian and curator Nathalie Johnston, Myanm/art is the most recent addition to a steady history of Yangon organizations that aim to shape and record the practices of artists typically beleaguered by the oppressive and unpredictable politics of their country. In Being 365 , a series of 365 photographic portraits, one...

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ArtJog aims to explore the 'Universal Influence' of contemporary art Related Press ArtJog aims to explore the 'Universal Influence' of contemporary art 31 May 2016, Jakarta Globe

Entering its ninth year, ArtJog has grown to become a pre-eminent event in Indonesia's art calendar, bringing together an array of works by leading contemporary artists as well as launching the career of emerging names. When it returns at Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, on May 27, the annual art fair will showcase 97 works by 72 local...

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Indonesian painter Nyoman Masriadi gets solo exhibition in New York Related Press Indonesian painter Nyoman Masriadi gets solo exhibition in New York 18 April 2016, Jakarta Globe

A solo exhibition by leading Indonesian painter Nyoman Masriadi is set to open at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York on April 28. The show will introduce Masriadi's new paintings alongside rarely seen works he created between 2012 and 2014. This is his second solo show at the gallery. The Yogyakarta-based artist is known for works...

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Mella Jaarsma, Unassuming Mother of the Art Revolution Related Press Mella Jaarsma, Unassuming Mother of the Art Revolution 3 May 2015, Jakarta Globe

During the formative days of Indonesian contemporary art, a time when galleries did not support the avant-garde, a young and potent creative duo unwittingly set about changing of the Indonesian art landscape. Driven by the need to exhibit their friends’ and their own artwork, Dutch artist Mella Jaarsma and her partner, Javanese artist...

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Report From The Yogyakarta Biennial Related Press Report From The Yogyakarta Biennial 30 November 2013, Artforum / 28 November

Though perhaps less known than some of its counterparts, Biennale Jogja debuted in 1988, long before biennials for Singapore or Jakarta. It hit some financial obstacles in 2008, when organizers resorted to selling works to recoup expenses. But the biennial soon regrouped, making strides toward sustainability with the 2010 formation of the...

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Yogyakarta: Significant contemporary art hub

Yogyakarta, often affectionately called Jogja, is one of the most significant artistic hubs in Indonesia. It is the only city in the country—a vast developing nation still ruled by a monarchy—and has been considered an important centre of traditional Javanese art and culture for centuries. Diverse and dynamic, it contains a bustling creative community of cross-generational and multidisciplinary artists. It is located on the south coast of Java, which is also a thriving tourist destination.

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Scattered around Yogyakarta are centres of visual arts such as Cemeti Art House, founded by artists Nindityo Adipurnomo and Mella Jaarsma in 1998. Cemeti focuses beyond exhibitions, art projects, and residencies by organising performances, discussions, and artist talks involving both Indonesian and international contemporary artists, curators, activists, and writers.

Not too far away from Cemeti Art House stands Yogya Art Lab (YAL). Since its establishment in 2012 YAL has been an experimental and progressive platform for artists to work together and produce works across various mediums in order to expand their practices. YAL—a foundry and production house—is an exceptional initiative by Singapore-based Gajah Gallery. Gajah Gallery has been a leader of the Southeast Asian art scene since 1996, and represents the region's influential and emerging contemporary artists.

Yogyakarta is also renowned as a centre of Indonesian education, and is home to a large student population. The Institut Seni Indonesia (Indonesian Institute of the Arts) in Yogyakarta is a prominent state university whose programmes includes visual, performing, and media arts, and alumni include prominent Indonesian contemporary artists such as Nyoman Masriadi, Entang Wiharso, and Heri Dono.

Culturally and historically, Yogyakarta is a gathering point for a variety of art practices, such as dance, drama, literature, music, performance, textile, and visual arts. It is only natural for the city to host the annual ART|JOG, an international contemporary art festival showcasing a variety of interdisciplinary arts.

Yogyakarta is the birthplace of several contemporary art collectives, including Jendela Art Group, which was founded in Yogyakarta by some of Indonesia's leading contemporary artists: Jumaldi Alfi, Rudi Mantovani, Yusra Martunus, Handiwirman Saputra, and Yunizar. Taring Padi is a collective of underground artists who are well-known for the political messages of social justice embedded in their artwork, with woodcut on paper as their main medium. These collectives have participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Indonesia as well as globally in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia.

Yogyakarta is home to many contemporary Indonesian artists' studios, including those of Eko Nugroho, indieguerillas, Angki Purbandono, and Wedhar Riyadi, among others.

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