Elia Nurvista's 'Possibility of Inauthentic Recipes.' (Photo courtesy of Elia Nurvista via QAGOMA)

Indonesian Artists Hard at Work Down Under


NOVEMBER 23, 2018

Jakarta. Four Indonesian artists – Aditya Novali, Elia Nurvista, Handiwirman Saputra and Zico Albaiquni – have been selected to take part in the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia, starting on Saturday (24/11) until April 28 next year.

The triennial will showcase installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos by over 80 artists and groups from more than 30 countries.

According to its official website, this year the curators have asked the artists to challenge the definitions of contemporary art and ponder its relation with social structures in Asia Pacific.

There will also be film screenings, an academic symposium, talks, workshops and hands-on activities for children.

The four artists are the latest in a long list of more than 50 Indonesians who have participated in the triennial since its launch in 1993.

Among them are big names Tisna Sanjaya, Dadang Christanto, Melati Suryodarmo and Mella Jaarsma.

"Australians and Indonesians share a love of art, creativity and contemporary culture. The series is one of the more significant celebrations of art from our region and attracts audiences from around the world," Australia’s deputy ambassador to Indonesia Allaster Cox said in a statement.

“I’m very happy to have my paintings exhibited in Brisbane. My father, Tisna Sanjaya, had his work featured in the 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial in 1999, which has been a source of inspiration for me," said artist Zico Albaiquni, who will bring a series of paintings he made in 2016-2018, including "Negotiation of Understanding" and "A Biennale and the Orient Painter."

Handiwirman, co-founder of Jendela Art Group in Yogyakarta, is set to show a couple of his installations, called "2x tambah 2x kurang" ("add 2x subtract 2x") and "Menahan bentukan" ("Holding its form"), which combine materials such as fiber resin, acrylic and foam ink.

Aditya will display apartment models in a piece he calls "The Wall: Asian (Un)Real Estate Project," a blatant critique on the lack of affordable housing in Indonesia.

Elia, whose works have been intrinsically linked to food production and distribution, and their social and historical context, will show her "Possibility of Inauthentic Recipes," an installation made up of a mural, a video and a collection of found objects.

More information on APT9 can be found on its official website.