Ade Darmawan

 

Exhibition view “Doing business with the Dutch”

Exhibition view “Doing business with the Dutch”

The Blue ( Pieneman’s Cloud )

Exhibition detail

Lenticular print : the battel & water angle

18 Books: Doing business with the Dutch

Ade Darmawan
www.ruangrupa.org/15/

Ade Darmawan’s own art explores his country, Indonesia, its history and, most importantly, its people. His installations are based on a study of the life cycle of everyday objects, collected from, both, home and industrial consumption. Embedded in these found objects and collages are narratives about national ideologies and aspirations, as well as parallels with similar capitalist ambitions. Ade often turns the spotlight on what he calls “minor histories”— events that in themselves may not possess historic relevance but, in the aggregate, make up a community’s past. For the special occasion of the exhibition Doing business with the Dutch, Darmawan has been looking into how a society comes to an agreement as a nation and works together to sell itself as human capital, by consciously constructing a national identity and by presenting it as a value for economic trade. The act of this structured trade created trends and produced certain objects and stories, that are often re-intrepreted and misintrepreted. The installation presented in the show is inspired by books and images -strictly produced by the Dutch about Indonesia from the 1800-1900 and by the contemporary trading culture in the Netherlands- and presented as a design of a domestic interior.
Ade Darmawan lives and works in Jakarta as an artist, curator, and co-director of GUDSKUL Jakarta. He studied at Indonesia Art Institute (I.S.I), in Graphic Art Department. In 1998 he stayed in Amsterdam, Netherlands, for a two years residency at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten. In 2016 he was one of the participating artists of Gwangju Biennial and Singapore Biennale. He was also a contributor to the collaborative curatorial project Riverscape in-Flux (2012), Media Art Kitchen (2013), and Condition Report (2017) with several South East Asia curators and artists. From 2006-2009 he was a member of Jakarta Arts Council, in 2009 he became the artistic director of Jakarta Biennale, and from 2013-2017 he is the executive director of Jakarta Biennale. Since 2000, he is the co-founder of the Jakarta-based initiative ruangrupa, which focuses on visual arts and its relation with the social and cultural context especially in urban environment. ruangrupa as an artists’ collective platform have participated in Gwangju Biennale (2002), Istanbul Biennale (2005), Asia Pacic Triennial Brisbane (2012), Sao Paulo Biennal (2014) , Cosmopolis #1: Collective Intelligence in Centre Pompidou (2017) and in 2016 ruangrupa curated Sonsbeek International in the Netherlands.

Credit pictures: Peter Tijhuis