ARTJOG MMXIX: Arts in CommonJogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia25 July - 25 August 2019
ROH ARTJOG MMXIX: Arts in Common

Opening at Jogja National Museum, this year’s ARTJOG MMXIX: Arts in Common features different generations of artists and projects including those we represent, namely Arin Sunaryo, Uji Handoko, Syaiful Garibaldi, and Bagus Pandega in collaboration with Kei Imazu.

ROH ARTJOG MMXIX: Arts in Common


In Kroraj Lirtuaria, Syaiful Aulia Garibaldi (Tepu) creates a site-specific installation featuring a distinct gesture combining his interest in the networked and interconnected nature of ecology. Made to resemble a "talud" (architectural elements designed for highways and buildings on cliffs or unstable grounds), the lichen overgrown structure cycles water to represent the symbolic nature of life itself, depicting the coexistence between man-made infrastructure and nature.

ROH ARTJOG MMXIX: Arts in Common

Bagus Pandega and Kei Imazu's colaborative effort is an attempt to present a phenomenon of the global climate change. In their research, they have found that one of the factors of the current climate change is deforestation and mass loggings in Indonesia, 23% of which contribute by the national palm oil industry. In this installation, Artificial Green by Nature Green, a mechanism translates the condition of a palm oil tree into a coordinated movement of painting which slowly reveals what is beneath the artificial green paint.

ROH ARTJOG MMXIX: Arts in Common

Argo, which translates from Javanese to ‘mountain’, is the culmination of Sunaryo’s experience and exploration of the mountains of Indonesia. In creation of this triptych as one of the larger series, Sunaryo interacted with the residents of places local to Merapi Volcano. Over the years, the intimate process of journeying and gathering information have enabled the artist to form a deeper connection with his homeland, and the materials with which he works.

Meticulously designed and coded, Uji Handoko's most recent body of work There is No Free Lunch invites visitors to virtually interact with the oeuvre within a set of determined boundaries and commonality, investigating a shared as well as simulated notion of a space that is not necessarily physical.

ROH ARTJOG MMXIX: Arts in Common

In Domain, Tromarama have intentionally processed the color spectrum of the sea imagery in their video-based work, on the dominant tendency of a penguin's eyesight, which is more sensitive to purple, blue, and green hues. The distortion of sound and the sea image in this work are simultaneously influenced in real-time by changes in weather data such as air temperature, air pressure, and wind speed.

Born 1985, Jakarta, Indonesia
Lives and works in Bandung, Indonesia

Working primarily through the medium of installation, Bagus Pandega often challenges pre-conditioned relationships between objects and its viewer. In his works, Pandega assembles various electronic systems as ‘modules’ and explores objects such as voice recorders, cassette and record players, lamps and electronic circuit boards— among others— to construct his works. Many of his artworks become activated through the interaction of movement, sound and light. 

Pandega graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) in 2008, majoring in sculpture. Pandega’s selected solo exhibitions include A Pervasive Rhythm at Yamamoto Gendai, Tokyo, Japan (2018); Random Black, ROH Projects, Jakarta, Indonesia (2016); and A Monument That Tells Anything, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2015). Selected group exhibitions include Frieze Seoul with ROH, Seoul, South Korea (2022); WAGIWAGI at documenta fifteen, Hübner areal, Kassel, Germany (2022); Declaring Distance: Bandung — Leiden, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia (2022); ArtJog MMXIX: Common Space, Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2019); Paris Internationale with ROH, Paris, France (2018); all of which feature his collaborative practice with Kei Imazu; Art Basel Hong Kong with ROH, Hong Kong (2023); The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial at QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia (2021-2022); Tiger Orchid presented at Art Basel OVR: Miami Beach (2020); Condo London at Project Native Informant, London, UK (2020); Ripples: Continuity in Indonesian Contemporary Art at Taipei Dangdai, Taipei, Taiwan (2019); Distorted Alteration at Project Fulfill, Taipei, Taiwan (2018); Amsterdam Light Festival, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2017); and Clandestine Transgression at Art Basel Hong Kong: Discoveries with ROH Projects, Hong Kong (2015). After winning third place at Bandung Contemporary Art Awards #2, Pandega completed his first residency at Le Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle, France in 2012. A nominee of the 2016 Sovereign Art Prize, Pandega had also collaborated with Adi Purnomo and Irwan Ahmett in presenting Freedome, Indonesia Pavilion at the London Design Biennale: Utopia by Design in 2016.

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