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This November, STPI is pleased to present a new body of work by seminal Indonesian artist Melati Suryodarmo. A bold leap from her distinctively performance-based oeuvre, Suryodarmo’s new explorations in print and paper have resulted in a range of two- and three-dimensional works that retain traces of her performative marks. In particular, the artist examines the volatile relationship between matter and memory, and personal expressions of displacement. She takes an investigative and excavational approach towards abandoned spaces and the histories they carry, creating haunting yet beguiling impressions and forms that bring transformative relationships between site, body and memory to the fore.
Suryodarmo’s artistic practice deals largely with the body, the culture in which it dwells, and the constellation of spaces it inhabits. She is fascinated by the resilience of the human body – how it is able to adapt and push its own boundaries to enable new ways of being human to emerge.
Born in 1969, Surakarta, Indonesia, Suryodarmo studied at the Hochschule für BildendeKünste Braunschweig, Germany, under the guidance of Anzu Furukawa and Marina Abramović. She has presented her works in various international festivals and exhibitions, including Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2016), Asia Pacific Triennale, QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia (2015), Luminato Festival of the Arts, Toronto, Canada (2012), and Manifesta7, Bolzano, Italy (2008). Aside from her practice, she was also the Artistic Director of the Jakarta Biennale in 2017, one of the core visual arts biennale in Southeast Asia. In 2012, she founded Studio Plesungan, an experimental space focused on performance art.
Photographed by Toni Cuhadi; Image Courtesy of STPI