Art Residency and Exhibition
There are two connected events: art residency and art exhibition. All of the art created during the residency of foreign and local artists will be showed in the exhibition.
28 Oktober 2020 – 11 November 2020
There are two connected events: art residency and art exhibition. All of the art created during the residency of foreign and local artists will be showed in the exhibition. The Art Residency and exhibition are consecutive and meant to be a tool to work with the community on the issue of disposal in the environment.
The festival committee with curator Ignatia Nilu will invite 7 local artists from Yogyakarta Special Region and 5 international artists to participate in this activity. Artists can interact with villagers (as well as the Yogyakarta public) to create works made from waste and engage in the dialogue about waste at the Guwosari Training Center and at the Guwosari village hall.
Location of the activity is the village of Guwosari, Bantul Regency, in the southern part of Yogyakarta Special Region. In this village there is a factory that manages used PVC as tubes since 2013. The former plastic entrepreneur named Boy Candra together with a team that is also a member of the Indonesian Upcycle forum, as well as from the FEB UGM (Faculty of Economy and Business Gajah Mada University) and the administrative body of Guwosari sub district built the Guwosari Training Center, a training center for waste management.
The work of the artists who join the art residency will be displayed in different buildings in the village of Guwosari from November 14-28, 2020. The art works displayed are expected to not being visual works only where the end result is only a mere object, but also should they have a positive interactive function for citizens / the broader community. The exhibition is open to the public, and it is expected to raise public awareness with regard towards various aspects of the waste problem.
As the curatorial theme, Ignatia Nilu will emphasize outreach to a broad and diverse network, one that is not only about people working collaboratively but also one that responds to certain sites and utilizes resources and materials which are sustainable and environmentally-conscious.
Overall the process and end result of the works should not campaign for the consumption of objects thereby generating more waste, rather, they should be in the spirit of reducing waste production. The number of selected works and projects will be minimized so that more focus is placed on results of group collaboration. The production process will take place between 1-2 months, where artists will be teamed with non-artists, fostering interdisciplinary ideas. The artists selected does not need any prior experience with environmental sustainability and/or in collaboration with others, as long as they can meet the challenge of producing new works. The non-artists will include experts, academics, individuals who have never made art, and the local residents. For example, experts can be students from the Environmental Engineering campus, and non-artists can be environmental activities, members of nature- appreciation communities, or crafters.
This exhibition holds a special space for communication or cooperation, and networking from various national and international groups who care about waste. The exhibition will take place in public spaces, the village hall and the prison of Guwosari.
Mengandung Plastik by Ridwan X TacTic,
Mix Media Installation, 2019
Artist Profile : Wisnu Ajitama
Wisnu Ajitama was born in Kediri, East Java. He completed his Master’s degree at Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta in 2019. Currently based in Yogyakarta, he’s actively creating works of art nature, land and environmental art. Since 2010, Wisnu has been actively involved in fine arts by exploring works of painting, crafts, scenography and studying the world of theater and poetry with the art community in Yogyakarta. Until in 2013 he founded Pandai Ruang studio to accommodate ideas as well as experimentation in the world of contemporary art.
Wisnu’s creative exploration is more explorative both through the deconstruction of the medium and the actual themes. Thematic and contextual ideas related to environmental, humanitarian, cultural, social crisis and natural local identity issues. Through the uniqueness of natural material with a contemporary approach and local wisdom. Wisnu was able to steal the attention of fine arts activists in 2017. The solo exhibition of Land Art in the Pinus Pengger Forest, Bantul, Yogyakarta titled “Run Think Racket”. Utilization of natural material in plants produces integral and poetic visual interpretation.
Wisnu placed the artworks in hidden natural spaces. His inspiration was obtained from a hobby that added to the aesthetic experience, like climbing mountains, rivers, exploring caves, and wading through the jungle. Twigs, grass, stone, is a natural material which is the main medium of his artwork. In addition, local philosophy and collaboration with the surrounding community when the process of creating works. Works that use nature as a canvas not only at Mount Pengger (Dlingo, Bantul) but also at Watupayung, Gunungkidul (2018); and Kaliopak, Sleman (2019).
In 2018, Wisnu participated in the Geumgang Nature Art Biennale and Nature Art Cube in South Korea. In the same year, he was held a solo exhibition at Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta entitled “Environmental Art-LENG”. In 2019, he created an artwork at the UPO Nature Art Festival in Changnyeong, Busan, South Korea. He also participated in Biennale Equator Yogyakarta in the Yogyakarta Cultural Park and take part in the 2019 Global Nomadic Art Project Italy from St Bernardo, Venice and Rome.