Panel discussion: Roots. Indonesian Contemporary Art


with Joko Avianto, Jompet Kuswidananto, Eko Nugroho and Tromarama (Febie Babyrose, Herbert Hans, Ruddy Hatumena), Asikin Hasan, Dr. Amanda Rath, Nirwan Dewanto, Franziska Nori

In conjunction with the week-long festivities of the Frankfurt Book Fair during which the literary and cultural diversity of this year’s Guest of Honour Indonesia will be presented, the Frankfurter Kunstverein will hold a panel discussion with the artists and curators involved in the exhibition Roots. Indonesian Contemporary Art. The panelists will provide insight into Indonesia’s contemporary art scene and the challenges it faces in contemporary Indonesian society. The panel will include Jompet Kuswidananto, Eko Nugroho and Joko Avianto, three of the most well-known artists of the younger generation, and Tromarama, one of the best known artist collectives. Each artist will be presenting new work in a solo presentation. New work from Jompet Kuswidananto, Eko Nugroho and Tromarama’s is given room in the Frankfurter Kunstverein’s interior space, while Joko Aviantio’s stunning bamboo installation covers the Kunstverein’s façade. The artists belong to a generation that experienced a period of momentous political reforms and fundamental social change in contemporary Indonesia. Heavily influenced by the profound process of change that has shaped Indonesia over the past two decades, their works reflect both a deep connection to their cultural roots and the tensions between traditionalism and modern identity, local ties and globalism, as well as universality and plurality.

Asikin Hasan, Curator at the National Gallery of Indonesia and the exhibition‘s co-curator; Amanda Rath, lecturer in the modern and contemporary art of South-East Asia in the Department of South-East Asian Studies and Institute of Art History at Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main; Nirwan Dewanto, poet and cultural critic and Franziska Nori, curator and director, Frankfurter Kunstverein will also be participating in the discussion.

The panel discussion is to listen on Youtube .