NOMADIC TRAVELER, the 5th Korea-Indonesia Media Installation Art Exhibition at Edwin's Gallery 7 – 17 September 2017.

By: Sep. 08, 2017
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NOMADIC TRAVELER, the 5th Korea-Indonesia Media Installation Art Exhibition invites its audience to explore ideas of travel in the realm of contemporary art.

Organized by ARCOLABS, the exhibition examines ideas of nomadism and mobility in contemporary art in Korea and Indonesia. Nomadic tendencies are found in many contemporary artists in both countries as they cross territorial boundaries and cultural differences. They also go through artistic shifts as they experiment with different mediums and techniques. With the aid of digital technology, they search for virtual mobility. The exhibition could be visited starting 7 - 17 September 2017 in Edwin's Gallery, Kemang.

The eight Korean and Indonesian artists invited to this exhibition produce works that do not limit to human travel within a specific cultural context, but rather extending it to the mobility of material, reason, and information associated with our society. Through painting, sculpture, video, photograph, and real time projection, this exhibition becomes a joyful expansion of an artistic journey which reflects an aspect of contemporary nomadic life in the 21st century.

Indonesian artist FX Harsono presents the occurrence of Chinese migration in Indonesia at different time periods through the country's history. His installation serves as an important collection of personal memories, which is an alternative to the dominant historical narrative.

Another Indonesian artist Julia Sarisetiati creates a participatory video that becomes a platform for knowledge exchange among Indonesian migrant workers in Korea, teaching useful daily verbal expressions in the factory work environment.

Bandung-based artist Zico Albaiquni discusses land exploitation in the name of a local tourism campaign. By taking the advertising example of the sacred cemetery in Garut, Bandung, his painting installation becomes a reflection of the social and cultural impact of tourism.

Venzha Christ, a Jogja-based artist, has a lifelong interest in science fiction. He created a series of radio frequency transmitters to connect the earth with the outer space, suggesting the theme of outer space travel within contemporary artistic practices.

A Korean nomad artist Lee Wan travels across the world to learn and self-produce mundane items. Through his trivial yet time-consuming attempts, he aims to visualize the enormous neo-imperialist system that controls the products utilized in our daily lives.

Instead of physically traveling, Moon Hyungmin virtually transfers the images of Korean products to be reproduced by Indonesian local artisans using local common materials and production methods. Moon challenges the idea of originality in fine art by appropriating and infusing cultures together.

Lee Hansu expresses his critical viewpoints toward "hybrid culture" found worldwide through his works, which involve science fiction themes. His ongoing photo series for this exhibition contain eccentric juxtapositions between a human and an alien.

Last but not least, Lee Sanghyun exhibits a cheerful animation presenting a beautiful landscape of Inwang Mountain, in the northern part of Seoul, through the view of Hanyang, a scholar of the Joseon Dynasty.

The exhibition will provide audience members with a wide spectrum of art from the two countries that combine new ideas with latest approaches. It will also encourage visitors to reflect on their relationship with home, as there is an increase in living a "nomadic" life in today's globalized world. A lecture, tour with curator and kids workshop will complement this exhibition.


PRESENTER: Embassy of the Republic of Korea and Korean Cultural Center Indonesia.

ARCOLABS was established in 2014 as Center for Art and Community Management within Surya University. Its mission is to enhance creativity and innovation through a variety of practice-based programs including visual art exhibitions, community development projects, hands-on workshops, student research and other academic and non-academic events. Since 2016, ARCOLABS has operated independently and renamed as SPACE: Gallery + Workshop. The programs are developed through collaborations with local art communities and curators to support young experimental artists.

CURATORS: Jeong-ok Jeon is a Jakarta-based Korean curator who is actively engaging in South East Asian contemporary art, especially working on providing international exposures for regional artists in and outside of Indonesia. With interests in new media and interactive art, she has curated several science and technology based art exhibitions. She has gained an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in the US and a BFA from Ewha Womans University in Korea. Evelyn Huang is an Indonesian curator and lecturer who pursues knowledge as a neverending path for her life. She graduated from her MFA in Creative Entrepreneurship Jakarta Institute of Arts after she obtained her BFA in Visual Communication Design, University of Pelita Harapan and Master degree in Cultural Studies, University of Indonesia. Her latest project include Exi(s)t 2017 and KILLSKILL Quiet Riot on Stage in Galeri Nasional Indonesia, both involving educators from several schools and universities in Jakarta.

VENUE: Edwin's Gallery Jalan Kemang Raya No. 21, Jakarta Selatan

DATES: Opening Night : Thursday, 7 September 2017 // 19.00, Exhibition : 8 - 17 September 2017 (Mon - Sat 09.00 - 18.00, Sun 12.00 - 18.00). Free and open for public daily

PUBLIC PROGRAMS Lecture: "Nomadism in Contemporary Art in Indonesia and South Korea" - Sat, 9 September // 13.00 - 15.00, Speakers: Jung Hyun, Ph.D. (Inha University, Korea), Dr. Agung Hujatnika (Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia). Curator Tour: Sat, 9 September 2017 // 16.00 - 17.00, Tue, 12 September 2017 // 11.00 - 12.00, Sat, 16 September 2017 // 11.00 - 12.00. Registration: Bebby, Mobile : +62812 8185 1165. Kids Workshop with Serrum And Plus: Sat, 9 September 2017 // 13.00 - 15.00. Registration: Wahyudi, Mobile : +62 813 8744 8515

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