Para sekutu yang tidak bisa berkata tidak

S. Teddy D. - Paduan Suara yang Tidak Bisa Berkata Tidak (1997)
© Yudha Fehung

Fri, 28.01.2022 -
Mon, 28.02.2022

Galeri Nasional Indonesia


Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta


Curated by Grace Samboh with Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Gridthiya Gaweewong, June Yap

Around the time of the Asia-Africa Conference (Bandung, 1955), geopolitically-oriented exhibitions started brewing all over the world. Among these were the Sao Paulo Biennale (f. 1951), Alexandria Biennale (f. 1955), and Biennial of Graphic Arts (Ljubljana, f. 1955). A decade later ASEAN was founded. By 1981, traveling exhibitions between ASEAN member countries began taking place. At this time there was also a surge of non-Western-leaning international exhibitions such as the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (f. 1979), Asian Art Biennale (Bangladesh, f. 1981), Australia and the Regions Exchange (f. 1983), and Havana Biennale (f. 1984). The scope of the Non-Aligned Movement (f. 1961) was perhaps too big for such an effort, or one can assume that the Sao Paulo Biennale has accommodated this “region” considering their early approach to finding artists and shipping artworks was done as G-to-G cooperation. What can we learn from these exchanges? Were they merely symbolic gestures of alliances? What was the relationship between the artists? Were there actual exchanges between artists?