Contemporary Art from Indonesia
19 January - 16 February 2019

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Surya Wirawan, Petitah-petitih, 2018, watercolour on paper, 15 x 18 cm
TERMASUK: Contemporary art from Indonesia
Exhibition Opening event
Saturday 19 January 2019, 4pm - 6pm

To be opened by the Indonesian Consul General in Sydney, Honorable Bapak Heru Hartanto Subolo
Presentations and Artist talks
Saturday 19 January 2019, 2pm – 4pm
A presentation on Indonesian contemporary art and the key art scenes by Brigitta Isabella, as well as Artist talks. Come early to meet the artists and hear them talk about their works and creative processes.
Saturday 2 February 2019, 2pm – 4pm
A talk on the recent history of Indonesian contemporary art by Yvonne Low & Matt Cox, plus a presentation by major art collector Konfir Kabo and panel discussions on collecting Indonesian art and Indonesian – Australian art connections.


Presented in association with John Cruthers and Lauren Parker from Indo Art Link, Termasuk: Contemporary art from Indonesia will showcase recent work by artists based in Indonesia, one of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art scenes.
Termasuk presents recent work by 12 younger and mid-career artists from Indonesia. They are; Agung ‘Agugn’ Prabowo, Arwin Hidayat, Fika Ria Santika, Maharani Mancanagara, Mohamad ‘Ucup’ Yusuf, Mohammad Taufiq (emte), Restu Ratnaningtyas, Ruth Marbun, Sekar Puti, Setu Legi, Surya Wirawan & Theresia Agustina Sitompul.
Reflecting the Indonesian art scene, the exhibition includes works in many media – painting, works on paper, prints, textiles, embroidery, ceramics and sculpture.
Home to 265 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country. It is the sixteenth largest economy; by 2050 it will be the fourth. And yet besides tourism, few Australians engage with it. But as exhibition co-curator John Cruthers reports, “Indonesian art, already established internationally, is a fantastic entry point to the country and its diverse cultures. It is creative, passionate and distinctive. To date it’s been hard for Australians to see or learn about Indonesian art, but Termasuk brings a range of works by the best younger artists to Australia.”
The exhibition’s curatorial premise is the Indonesian word 'termasuk', meaning “to be included”. By extension it refers to “being considered, to connect, to take part, to enter into, to belong”. The show is an entry point to explore art practices in Indonesia - an invitation to connect, to take part.
Identity and inclusivity are central to the concept of belonging in a diverse society, and Termasuk offers a variety of views on this theme - the densely rich and the unadorned rawness of both the personal and the political. It provides intimate access to studios across Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Bali. Being the first time many of the artists have exhibited in Australia, works have been selected to show the range of their practice.
Co-curator Lauren Parker first lived in Yogyakarta in 2005 and remains closely involved in the art scene. Lauren says: “With limited government support and an under-developed commercial gallery and museum sector, young artists in Indonesia must band together, forming collectives that work to manage studio and exhibition spaces, and build their practice. Often they work with community groups and use their art to bring community concerns to a wider audience. As a result, art from Indonesia is lively, passionate and committed.”
Termasuk provides a platform to discuss these artists and their work within global trends in contemporary art, and within Indonesian art history. The exhibition’s two public programs will allow audiences to learn more about Indonesian art. It is hoped curators, artists, collectors and academics will participate in this discussion – bringing all voices and experience together.
As more Indonesian art enters Australian museums, and with a growing list of Australian artists working in art communities in Indonesia, Indonesian art is increasingly at home here in Australia and vice versa. Termasuk will strengthen this connection. The art we think of as Indonesian is not only the big, bold installation works seen here to date. It can also be subtle, delicate and surprising in its choice of media and approach. By including newer artists and practices, Termasuk offers a different understanding of Indonesian contemporary art and the culture from which it is drawn.
Termasuk: Contemporary art from Indonesia continues until Saturday 16 February 2019.