Posted on 18/06/2019 Under News

I’m joining this year the Biennale Jogja Equator as well as a river in residence in Borneo Island to create a new work. I hope to see you at the opening!

Biennale Jogja (BJ) is an international biennial event run by Yogyakarta Regional Government and organized by Yayasan Biennale Yogyakarta (YBY). It was first held in 1988, and this year it reaches its 15th edition. Starting from 2011, YBY launched BJ Equator series project focusing on the equator regions. YBY assumes the equator as a new perspective as well as opens itself up to confront the ‘establishment’ as well the convention of such events. Equator is the starting point and the common platform to re-read the world.
Why Southeast Asia?
Southeast Asia as a Perspective for History and Identity 
The idea of holding an exhibition focusing on Southeast Asia does sound like a cliché as such an event has been continuously conducted. Regardless, it encourages us to see an alternative, namely the fact that Southeast Asia provides far richer potentials relevant to the global situation. Southeast Asia is not just a geographic region politically known as ASEAN.
The decision to choose Southeast Asia can further be used as means to establish the political positions of new regions which have long been deemed as marginalized areas.
What we discuss on the notion of “the periphery” is not merely refers to the the idea of place, but most importantly is about the subject or community that live within: the subjects who were not benefited from or suffered from economically or politically within a social structure. Therefor the subject on periphery is also appeared in main areas, because the periphery is an antagonist for “the center”.  Shortly, the notion of the periphery here includes issues, life practices or subjects that are excluded from the academic discourse, public policy and media coverage. This will touch upon the matters of power relationships, how the subject of the periphery forced to be in face to face situation with the hegemonic power wherever they exist. 
This opportunity can be used also for the peripherial subjects to imagine the region (Southeast Asia) and the global world. The term “southeast” Asia itself is not an generic term born by the awaraness of society to be seen as one region, but mostly shaped as the effect of the end of Cold War. There are evindents to prove that the relationship of societies in the region had developed way before the birth of naton state, including the establishment of borders between those states. The curators will not bringing a romantic perspective to reveal those traditional relationships, but to investigate impacts of post-colonial era and what happened after this establishment of nation states. The areas such Pattani and Sulu, for example, it is not an in-between territory, but places who try to differ themselves with the State that had claimed to be their “umbrella”. The tensions and battle of identity can be traced from their cultural or arts expression.
As issue, the notion of periphery can be extended to various problems in our everyday life: the gap of gender equality, the violence to human rights, labour and working class problems particularly related to migrant workers, discrimination based on race or religions, and many others.
The schedule of the Biennale Jogja XV Equator #5 2019:

Date: 20 October – 30 November 2019

Yogyakarta Cultural Park (TBY)
Jogja National Museum
Other places around Yogyakarta
Curators: Akiq AW (Indonesia), Arham Rahman (Indonesia), Penwadee NM (Thailand)