From Los Angeles and Seoul, BAIK ART opens its third gallery location at Jakarta. The inauguration will be officiated with Tumpeng, presenting Indonesian, Malaysian and Korean artists (16 November 2022–18 January 2023).
Over the past 8 years, BAIK ART has built a close connection with the art community in Indonesia. The gallery has exhibited works by artists across the globe such as Mella Jaarsma, Heri Dono, Elliott Hundley, Kenny Scharf, Gwon Osang, and Restu Ratnaningtyas in Asia and North America. Other than Los Angelesand Seoul-based artists, BAIK ART Residency (B.A.R) has facilitated Indonesian artists such as Aliansyah Caniago, Tintin Wulia, and Mella Jaarsma. This cultural and artistic exchange has shaped a unique gallery identity and as a way of furthering these cross-cultural dialogues, which led to choosing Jakarta,Indonesia as the third gallery location.
The Korean word for family (식구 'sikku') is translated to 'ones who share food together'. In this way, when Korean people have meals together, it is not solely about the act of consuming food but about sharing hearts and becoming family. The Indonesian dish 'tumpeng' bears similar cultural significance, a dish shared as a form of gratitude for the relationships that exist in our lives and celebrates harmony.Therefore, we chose Tumpeng as the inaugural exhibition title.
Tumpeng presents 24 artists and 41 artworks, consisting both artists who have previously worked with BAIK ART and various artists who are involved to deepen the dialogues on individual hybridity, globalisation, and cultural diaspora. Their works continue to teach us how to respect and appreciate our reciprocal cultures and reveal our intricate similarities. The gallery is endlessly humbled and brought closer together, in working with these artists we call family.
'I still remember when I first visited Yogyakarta, I witnessed the crossroads of emerging deep culture and a new wave of trendiness. Most important of all, my heart was pounding by the artists collective community, how they all work together. Immediately, I wanted to find the way back to have more relationships and connections with Indonesia and the artists and the community. And I hope, by opening our gallery in Jakarta, we can establish and nurture those relationships and connections,' said Susan Baik, the founder of BAIK ART.
'I am very honoured to be representing BAIK ART in Jakarta. I hope by opening our doors here, we can deepen and further explore the cross-cultural dialogues between Indonesian, Korean, and other artists from around the globe through our exhibitions and residency programs,' said Jonathan Harjo as theDirector for BAIK ART Jakarta.
Press release courtesy Baik Art.