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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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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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Dancing Under the Black Sky by Melati Suryodarmo contemporary artwork
Melati SuryodarmoDancing Under the Black Sky, 2019 Multi-channel digital video
ShanghART
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: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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In Related Press

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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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