18 November 2013
Published 18 November 2013
The Biennale Jogja XII Equator #2 encounter the Arab Region, November 16, 2013 - January 6, 2014 at various places in Jogjakarta
The Biennale Jogja XII Equator #2 doesn’t depart from one solid theme or concept defined at the outset. But with Arab as a ‘partner’, our attention is of course, drawn to social, cultural and principally, religious connections.
This was an unavoidable issue, remembering that the cultural histories of Indonesia and Arabia have been connected for several centuries through Islam, the religion of the majority population in both regions.
The visual art connection between Indonesia and the Arab region in fact was established in 2012 through a network that was initiated by the market. Within the popularity of art fairs in recent years, Southeast Asia and the Arab region are described as ‘emerging art scenes’ – a phrase that smacks of Euro-American centralism – indicating new visual art worlds that are in the midst of growth in the international art scene, when in fact it is because of the injection of capital and the support of neo-liberal market mechanisms. The economic paradigm within contemporary art in Indonesia and the Arab region is likely to grow stronger in the future. But for reasons that I will explain shortly, this exhibition chooses to look at the economic aspect from a different perspective.
Curator: Agung Hujatnikajennong & Sarah Rifky