Ade Darmawan, Director and Co-founder of ruangrupa artists’ initiative, will give a talk at AAA on the subject of artist-run-initiatives and spaces in Indonesia. In the last decade Indonesia has seen artist-run-spaces both perish and survive. Their role in society and their function as receptacles for ideas, networks, passions, joys, imaginations, dreams, and friendship has grown. With the ability to read, map, and negotiate the realities of the public, artist-run spaces act as platforms that continue to seek relevance, while simultaneously reviewing the needs and positions of current social contexts and expanding their own spatial awareness in a larger public context. Today these spaces face challenges on an institutional level and must create strategies for entering into a more diverse contestation with their surroundings, the state, and corporations.
About the speaker
Ade Darmawan is an artist and curator. Darmawan studied at Indonesia Art Institute (ISI) and then spent two years in a residency at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Darmawan is the Director and Co-founder of ruangrupa artists’ initiative, founded in 2000 in Jakarta, and was Artistic Director of Jakarta Biennale-Arena 2009 and Festival Director/Artistic Director for OK.Video Jakarta International Video Festival 2003/2009. He served as a member of Jakarta Arts Council from 2006-2009. With ruangrupa, he has participated in the Gwangju, Istanbul, and Singapore Biennales. He is the co-curator of ‘Fixer: Exhibition of Alternative Space and Art Groups in Indonesia’ 2010.
ruangrupa is an artists’ initiative founded in early 2000 by a group of Jakarta-based artists. A non-profit organisation, ruangrupa focuses on supporting the development of contemporary art in the cultural context through research, study, and documentation, along with intensive interdisciplinary collaboration through exhibitions, ‘Artlabs’, festivals, workshops, and an online journal of visual culture.