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Mella Jaarsma Biography

Mella Jaarsma has become known for her complex costume installations and her focus on forms of cultural and racial diversity embedded within clothing, the body and food. She was born in the Netherlands in 1960 and studied visual art at Minerva Academy in Groningen (1978—1984), after which she left the Netherlands to study at the Art Institute of Jakarta (1984) and at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta (1985—1986). She has lived and worked in Indonesia ever since. In 1988, she co-founded Cemeti Art House (with Nindityo Adipurnomo), the first space for contemporary art in Indonesia, which to this day remains an important platform for young artists and art workers in the country and region.

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Mella Jaarsma's works have been presented widely in exhibitions and art events in Indonesia and abroad, including: the 20th Sydney Biennale (2016); The Roving Eye, Arter, Istanbul (2014); Siasat—Jakarta Biennale, Museum of Ceramics and Fine Arts, Jakarta (2013); Suspended Histories, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam (2013); Singapore Biennale, Singapore Art Museum (2011); GSK Contemporary - Aware: Art Fashion Identity, the Royal Academy of Arts, London(2010); RE-Addressing Identities, Katonah Museum, New York (2009); Accidentally Fashion, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (2007); Yokohama Triennial (2005), and many others. Her work is part of the collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia and the Singapore Art Museum, amongst others.

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Mella Jaarsma Featured Artworks

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Feeding the Nation I by Mella Jaarsma contemporary artwork photography
Mella JaarsmaFeeding the Nation I, 2020Photograph printed on Hahnemuhle paper
85 x 287 cm
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Yavuz Gallery
Feeding The nation Tap 8 by Mella Jaarsma contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Mella JaarsmaFeeding The nation Tap 8, 2020Gouache, ink, and pencil on paper
11.8 x 8.25 inches
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Baik Art
Feeding The nation Tap 12 by Mella Jaarsma contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Mella JaarsmaFeeding The nation Tap 12, 2020Gouache, ink, and pencil on paper
11.8 x 8.25 inches
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Baik Art
Feeding The nation Tap 1 by Mella Jaarsma contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Mella JaarsmaFeeding The nation Tap 1, 2020Gouache, ink, and pencil on paper
11.8 x 8.25 inches
Baik Art Contact Gallery
Bath room dress 1 by Mella Jaarsma contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Mella JaarsmaBath room dress 1, 2019Gouache, ink, and pencil on paper
11.8 x 8.25 inches
Baik Art Contact Gallery
Feeding The Nation 1 by Mella Jaarsma contemporary artwork photography
Mella JaarsmaFeeding The Nation 1, 2020Photograph printed on hahnemuhle paper
Baik Art Contact Gallery
In Everything Two II by Mella Jaarsma contemporary artwork mixed media
Mella JaarsmaIn Everything Two II, 2019Acrylic, charcoal, bamboo on canvas
200 x 120 cm
Baik Art Contact Gallery
In Everything Two lll by Mella Jaarsma contemporary artwork mixed media
Mella JaarsmaIn Everything Two lll, 2019Acrylic, charcoal, bamboo on canvas
190 x 100 cm
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Baik Art

Mella Jaarsma Recent Exhibitions

Mella Jaarsma Represented By

Baik Art contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, USA Baik Art Los Angeles, Seoul

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Mella Jaarsma In Related Press

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Art’s Ecological Turn and the Sixth Great Extinction Related Press Art’s Ecological Turn and the Sixth Great Extinction 22 November 2019, Frieze

'Climate change is not an issue of the environment,' writes the Global South collective Wretched of the Earth in the preface to a letter pleading for Extinction Rebellion to reconsider the tactics and

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ArtJog aims to explore the 'Universal Influence' of contemporary art Related Press ArtJog aims to explore the 'Universal Influence' of contemporary art 31 May 2016, Jakarta Globe

Entering its ninth year, ArtJog has grown to become a pre-eminent event in Indonesia's art calendar, bringing together an array of works by leading contemporary artists as well as launching the career of emerging names. When it returns at Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, on May 27, the annual art fair will showcase 97 works by 72 local...

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Biennale of Sydney program features dog walking as performance Related Press Biennale of Sydney program features dog walking as performance 22 February 2016, The Sydney Morning Herald

A slew of live events and performances has been announced for the Biennale of Sydney, which opens on March 18. Over the opening weekend Justene Williams–known for her Dada-inspired immersive art environments – is working with the Sydney Chamber Orchestra to re-imagine Victory Over the Sun, a futurist opera first performed in St...

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20th Biennale of Sydney Related Press 20th Biennale of Sydney 28 October 2015, e-flux

The 20th Biennale of Sydney, inspired by a quote from author William Gibson, is titled The future is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed. This edition will be presented at venues conceived by Stephanie Rosenthal as “embassies of thought.” An embassy traditionally functions as a state within a state: a host country...

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