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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Melati Suryodarmo

b. 1969, Indonesia

Performance and body; these are the specific themes throughout Melati Suryodarmo’s working process. Born in Solo, 1969, she was educated in International Studies at Padjajaran University in Bandung in 1994, and then continued her studies in Germany, where she began immersing herself in performance art. Her impressions of performance art come not only from Asia but also from Europe and America.

In 1994, a chance meeting with an expert in Butoh dance, Professor Anzu Furukawa, became to be one of the turning points in her life. She was then offered further study in this Japanese dance loaded with mystery, and was enticed.

The body is an art medium, and its movements are language. This is what has occupied Melati until now. In her work Melati’s body is not only a body with aspects physiological and psychological, but also political. Here the body lives as an organism with autonomous organs and interactions with its environment. The fullness of the body as a ‘living body’ and a ‘social body’, a body that is related to the environmental ‘system’, gives birth to conflict, no matter what its form. Melati processes conflict, the split, with bodies and her own body, through movement. Her background in dance and various other kinds of acrobatic movement allows her to actively explore the body more fully. Through her body she processes problems of limitations, identification and so on. There she traces a hybridity that originates in her personal experience: 'bodies in between' Java, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.

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Featured Artworks

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I Love You 2 by Melati Suryodarmo contemporary artwork Melati SuryodarmoI Love You 2, 2018 Colour inkjet print
120 x 180 cm
ShanghART
Eins Und Eins by Melati Suryodarmo contemporary artwork Melati SuryodarmoEins Und Eins, 2016 C-Print
66.7 x 100 cm
ShanghART
Eins Und Eins by Melati Suryodarmo contemporary artwork Melati SuryodarmoEins Und Eins, 2016 Single-channel performance video
ShanghART
Eins Und Eins by Melati Suryodarmo contemporary artwork Melati SuryodarmoEins Und Eins, 2016 C-Print
66.7 x 100 cm
ShanghART
Eins Und Eins by Melati Suryodarmo contemporary artwork Melati SuryodarmoEins Und Eins, 2016 C-Print
66.7 x 100 cm
ShanghART
Eins Und Eins by Melati Suryodarmo contemporary artwork Melati SuryodarmoEins Und Eins, 2016 C-Print
66.7 x 100 cm
ShanghART
Eins Und Eins by Melati Suryodarmo contemporary artwork Melati SuryodarmoEins Und Eins, 2016 C-Print
66.7 x 100 cm
ShanghART

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Melati Suryodarmo, I Love You at ShanghART, Beijing
Closed
18 April–14 May 2018 Melati Suryodarmo I Love You ShanghART, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Melati Suryodarmo, Transaction of Hollows performance at ShanghART, Singapore
Closed
25–26 January 2018 Melati Suryodarmo Transaction of Hollows performance ShanghART, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Melati Suryodarmo, TIMORIBUS at ShanghART, Singapore
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25 January–25 March 2018 Melati Suryodarmo TIMORIBUS ShanghART, Singapore

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Melati Suryodarmo: Timoribus at Shanghart, Singapore Related Press Melati Suryodarmo: Timoribus at Shanghart, Singapore ArtReview Asia : 4 July 2018

Melati Suryodarmo's greatest asset is her Javanese dance- and butoh-trained body, the limits of which she explores in durational performances. The latter range from full-sprint displays of power (as in her best-known work, Exegie - Butter Dance, 2000, in which she dances and skids on blocks of butter), to periods of deep meditative surrender (in...

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I LOVE YOU: MELATI SURYODARMO Related Press I LOVE YOU: MELATI SURYODARMO ArtAsiaPacific : 4 July 2018

For acclaimed Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo’s first comprehensive solo exhibition in China, hosted at ShanghArt Beijing, she offered a group of works that represent her two-pronged practice, which comprises photography and durational performance art—the latter being her key pursuit, and the main focus of the show.The exhibition...

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'Political Acts: Pioneers of Performance Art in Southeast Asia' at the Arts Centre Melbourne Related Press 'Political Acts: Pioneers of Performance Art in Southeast Asia' at the Arts Centre Melbourne Art Radar Journal : 25 April 2017

A new exhibition at the Arts Centre Melbourne gathers together the pioneers of performance art in Southeast Asia. Political Acts: Pioneers of Performance Art in Southeast Asia, part of the Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts events across the city will be on until 21 May 2017.

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'An Atlas of Mirrors,' Singapore Biennale 2016 Related Press 'An Atlas of Mirrors,' Singapore Biennale 2016 art agenda : 22 November 2016

Under the artistic direction of Susie Lingham, Director of the Singapore Art Museum, and nine other curators, the fifth edition of the Singapore Biennale, An Atlas of Mirrors, showcases sixty artists and three artist collectives from nineteen countries and territories around South, East, and Southeast Asia.Spanning eight venues in close...

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