Yustina Neni, Maria Tri Sulistyani, and Ika Vantiani talk about different strategies for ensuring economic resilience as artists and entrepreneurs
For seven months we have been living in the face of COVID-19. We are confronted with new speculations, plans, and theories nearly every day. On top of that, diverse political and economic events on a national as well as global level make this year a really hard test for all of us. “Even for someone in my position as an experienced Minister of Finance the COVID-19 pandemic is an extremely challenging situation that has continued longer than anyone would have thought,” said Sri Mulyani in an online discussion on 19 August 2020.
For this edition of BINGKIS we have invited three artists who are also entrepreneurs. They are accustomed to fulfilling different roles both personally and professionally and have had to adapt in a very short time to the new conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. How have they managed to fulfill their obligations at home and at work thus far? How do local and national policies and regulations of the government impact their daily lives? Do they still see opportunities in the midst of this emergency situation? Join us when BINGKIS presents the stories of Yustina Neni, Maria Tri Sulistyani, Ria, and Ika Vantiani.
Ika Vantiani (Jakarta) is an artist, curator, and artisan. In her work, she examines what it means today to be a woman influenced by media and consumerism. Ika uses collages in her work and incorporates them in workshops, installations, and street art. Since 2009 she has participated as an artist and curator in a variety of exhibitions, including the program WANITA: Female Artivism Jakarta! (2015), the IKAT / eCUT supporting program (2017), the Humanityouth Festival (2020), and many more. Ika has been a member of the international artist collective Micro Galleries since 2017.
Maria Tri Sulistyani
Maria Tri Sulistyani (Yogyakarta), also known as just Ria, is co-founder and artistic director of the Papermoon Puppet Theatre in Yogyakarta. Her interest in theater began while she was studying communications science at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. In 2006 Ria founded the Papermoon Puppet Theatre as a studio devoted to promoting creativity especially for children. After attending a puppet theater workshop hosted by Wilde & Vogel Figurentheater
(Germany), she realized that puppet theaters are not only for children. Ria and Iwan Effendy, her husband and also co-artistic director of Papermoon are committed to conducting a comprehensive experiment in a puppet theater. Her work with Papermoon centers on the day-to-day life of people and is presented in an imaginative visual package. Ria and Papermoon perform, create installations, and conduct workshops at home and abroad.
Yustina Neni (Yogyakarta) has been working as a manager and producer of art events since 1990. She is a co-founder of the Cemeti Art Foundation (1995), which later changed its name to IVAA (Indonesian Visual Art Archive), the first organization of its kind dedicated to archiving and documenting contemporary Indonesian art. Together with Agung Kurniawan she founded and became the owner of Kedai Kebun Forum (KKF), an alternative art space in Yogyakarta consisting of galleries, performance spaces, bookshops, and restaurants (1997), all independently funded and operated. She was also the director of the Yogyakarta Biennale Foundation 2010–2016 and is one of the founders of Koalisi Seni Indonesia (Indonesian Art Coalition).
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