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Jakarta Biennale 2017, “Jiwa”

VARIOUS LOCATIONS, Jakarta

External view of Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics, Jakarta Biennale, 2017.
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Melissa Gronlund

The 2017 edition of the Jakarta Biennale proposes a soulful understanding of Indonesia, in which “jiwa” reigns. Jiwa is a pre-Islamic, polytheistic, and specifically Indonesian concept that signifies a way of living in which thinking and feeling go hand-in-hand, and of living in harmony with nature and with one another.... continue reading
Tita Salina, 1001st Island – The Most Sustainable Island in the Archipelago (detail), 2015.
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Vivian Ziherl

Chaotic and dense, lively, spirited, and in some senses logistically miraculous, the 2015 Jakarta Biennale takes its cue squarely from the political and geographic condition of Indonesia as an “archipelago state”—a nation comprised of a loose and idiosyncratic cluster of 922 inhabited islands. The exhibition trains its focus simultaneously on... continue reading

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