Arahmaiani


ABOUT THE ARTIST

One of Indonesia’s most seminal and respected contemporary artists, Arahmaiani has long been internationally recognized for her powerful and provocative commentaries on social, political, and cultural issues. Born in 1961 in Bandung, Indonesia, she established herself in the 1980s as a pioneer in the field of performance art in Southeast Asia, although her practice also incorporates a wide variety of media. For the past six years, a particular focus of her work has been environmental issues in the Tibetan plateau region, where she has been actively collaborating on-site with Buddhist monks and villagers to foster greater environmental consciousness through an array of ongoing community projects. Shadow of the Past (2016) at Tyler Rollins Fine Art marked the first solo exhibition devoted to her artworks inspired by her ongoing experiences in Tibet, and featured a new installation and video works alongside a series of paintings. The exhibition explored themes of spirituality (particularly informed by Tibetan Buddhism), cultural syncretism, humanity’s interconnectedness with nature, and the place of the feminine in religious traditions and in spiritual life in general. Arahmaiani is fascinated by the buried past of her native Java, its rich Hindu-Buddhist cultural heritage – which is now often under-recognized – and the monumental temples that were overgrown for centuries until their rediscovery in more recent times. Indonesia once had vital centers of Buddhist learning that were sought out by students from across Asia, including Atisha (982–1054), who became one of Tibet’s most revered lamas. Tibet has become an important part of Arahmaini’s own spiritual journey, both as a woman and a Javanese Muslim. The exhibition featured an installation, Descending Rainbow, that was inspired by her meditation practice and her focus on ecology and the feminine. The installation was also the setting for a new performance work of the same title, which had its debut during the exhibition opening.

This exhibition was a follow up to Fertility of the Mind, Arahmaiani’s first solo exhibition in the United States, which took place at Tyler Rollins Fine Art in 2014 and presented the first ever survey of over 30 years of her performance work. These performances foreground a long and enduring personal and spiritual journey, a process whereby nothing is spared, all is equally scrutinized. They constitute an ongoing exposé of narrow dogmas, destructive patterns of thought and action, and misguided government policies, all of which plague humanity – a critique that is manifested in her peaceful, symbolically rich, and often hauntingly beautiful ceremonies, collective marches, and texts that instigate individual and collective vigilance against ignorance and injustice. They point to a common humanity that transcends divisions. Through her performances and other artworks, she acts as a formal and conceptual medium for communication, connectivity, and cooperation between individuals, communities, and nations.

Since 1980, Arahmaiani has been included in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions around the world. Her works have been performed and exhibited widely in museums and biennials, including: the Venice Biennale (2003); Biennale of the Moving Image, Geneva (2003); Gwangju Biennale (2002); Bienal de São Paulo (2002); Performance Biennale, Israel (2001); Biennale de Lyon (2000); Werkleitz Biennale (2000); Bienal de la Habana (1997); Asia-Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia (1996); and the Yogya Biennial (1994). In New York City, she was included in the landmark 1996 exhibition, Traditions/Tensions, at Asia Society, as well as Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum in 2007. Her performances and other artworks have recently appeared in institutions in the United States, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, and Indonesia.

Shadow of the Past (2016)

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Shadow of the Past (Lasem, Java), 2016

single channel video

2:22 min, edition of 5 + 1AP

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Descending Rainbow, 2016

mattress, pillow, bed spread, netting, table, candlestick with candle, book, book bag, photograph, belt, hat, robe, bag

dimensions variable

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Descending Rainbow, detail, 2016

mattress, pillow, bed spread, netting, table, candlestick with candle, book, book bag, photograph, belt, hat, robe, bag

dimensions variable

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Descending Rainbow, detail, 2016

mattress, pillow, bed spread, netting, table, candlestick with candle, book, book bag, photograph, belt, hat, robe, bag

dimensions variable

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Sonam, 2012

acrylic on canvas

diptych, each panel: 79 x 71 in. (200 x 180 cm)

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Illumination, 2016

acrylic on canvas

diptych, each panel: 54 x 46 in. (137 x 117 cm)

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Flower of Love, 2016

acrylic on canvas

diptych, each panel: 54 x 54 in. (137 x 137 cm)

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Hantu Bule, 2016

acrylic on canvas

diptych, each panel: 54 x 54 in. (137 x 137 cm)

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Light, 2015

single channel video

4:22 min, edition of 5 + 1AP

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Pillows of Dukkha, detail, 2016

10 pillows, embroidery on cotton fabric

each 26 x 26 in. (66 x 66 cm)

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Installation View of "Shadow of the Past" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 15 - October 29, 2016

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Installation View of "Shadow of the Past" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 15 - October 29, 2016

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Installation View of "Shadow of the Past" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 15 - October 29, 2016

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Installation View of "Shadow of the Past" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 15 - October 29, 2016

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Installation View of "Shadow of the Past" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 15 - October 29, 2016

Fertility of the Mind (2014)

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Do Not Prevent the Fertility of the Mind, 1997-2014

feminine napkins, fluorescent lights, wooden stool, glass vial, red liquid, tulle and photograph

108 x 144 x 22 in. (274 x 366 x 56 cm)

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Do Not Prevent the Fertility of the Mind, installation detail, 1997-2014

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Etalase, 1994- 2014

glass and wood vitrine and found objects

42 ½ x 71 x 28 in. (108 x 457 x 71 cm)

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Sacred Coke, 1994-2014

wooden table, organic rice, soil, Coca-Cola bottle, and condom

40 ½ x 41 x 41 in. (102.5 x 457 x 71 cm)

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Lingga-Yoni, 2013

acrylic and rice paper on canvas

55 x 47 in. (140 x 120 cm)

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Jawi, 2013

acrylic on canvas

55 x 47 in. (140 x 120 cm)

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Confluence 1, 2010

acrylic on canvas

diptych: 55 x 94 in. (140 x 240 cm)

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Reflections of a Nomad Dreamer, 2013

handmade book

7 x 7 x ¾ in. (18 x 18 x 2 cm)

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Installation View of "Fertility of the Mind" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, January 9 - February 22, 2014

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Installation View of "Fertility of the Mind" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, January 9 - February 22, 2014

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Installation View of "Fertility of the Mind" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, January 9 - February 22, 2014

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Installation view of "Fertility of the Mind" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, January 9 - February 22, 2014

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Installation view of "Fertility of the Mind" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, January 9 - February 22, 2014

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Installation view of "Fertility of the Mind" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, January 9 - February 22, 2014

Archive (2014-present)

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Installation view of "Die Kunst ist schon in der Kirche. Über Readymades." at St. Michael, Berlin, Germany, May 15 - August 6, 2016

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Flags, 2016

performance, Berlin, June 2016

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Installation view of "Violence No More" at Haus am Dom, Frankfurt, Germany, October 12 - 25, 2015

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Installation view of "Do Not Prevent the Fertility of the Mind" in "When Things Fall Apart - Critical Voices on the Radar" at Trapholt, Kolding, Denmark, February 11 - October 23, 2016

Archive (2010-2013)

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Memory of Nature, 2013

performance

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Flags, 2010

performance, Mount Merapi, Indonesia

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I Love You, 2011

installation, Richmond Center for the Arts, Kalamazoo, MI, USA

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My Grandma House, 2010

installation, Museum Bochum, Bochum, Germany

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Sonam, 2012

acrylic on canvas

diptych: 79 x 142 in. (200 x 360 cm)

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Sri 2, 2011

acrylic on canvas

diptych: 55 x 39 in. and 55 x 47 in. (140 x 100 cm and 140 x 120 cm)

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Confluence 4, 2010

acrylic on canvas

diptych: 55 x 94 in. (140 x 240 cm)

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Confluence 2, 2010

acrylic on canvas

diptych: 55 x 94 in. (140 x 240 cm)

Archive (2000-2009)

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Handle Without Care, 2008

performance

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Produk Gertoli, 2008

performance, Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Dialogue, 2006

performance

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Breaking Words, 2006

performance, Tokyo, Toyama, Japan

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Learning to Swing, 2005

performance, Valentine Willie Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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It's Me, 2005

performance

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Soho Baby, 2004

performance, second Dadao Live Art Festival, Beijing, China

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Breaking Words, 2004

performance, Nagano Expo, Nagano, Japan

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Lappen Wedding, 2004

performance, Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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His-Story, 2004

performance

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11 June 2002, 2003

installation and performance, Venice Biennale

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His-Story, 2003

performance

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His-Story, 2000

performance, locations in Werkleitz, Dresden, Jakarta, Taipei, Nagano, Nagoya, and Tokyo

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I Love You (social sculpture after Joseph Beuys), 2009

installation, esplanade, Singapore

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Why Not, 2008

installation

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Flag Project, 2008

installation

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Balance, 2007

installation, Germany

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Thread, 2006

installation view of "Stitching the Wounds" at Jim Thompson Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

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Nation for Sale, 2006

installation

I Don't Want to Be a Part of Your Legend, 2004

video

11:34 min

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Conlfuence 3, 2009

acrylic on canvas

diptych: 55 x 33 ½ in. and 55 x 47 in. (140 x 85 cm and 140 x 120 cm)

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Sri 1, 2009

acrylic on canvas

diptych: 55 x 39 in. and 55 x 47 in. (140 x 100 cm and 140 x 120 cm)

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Marie, 2009

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Woman 1, 2009

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Lelaki, 2009

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Perempuan, 2009

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Untitled, 2008

acrylic on canvas

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Mei-mei, 2008

Hot Date, 2008

Sliding Down, 2009

Viva Globalisasi, 2008

Viva Kapital, 2008

Privatisasi, 2008

Stimulus Package, 2008

Free Market Indonesia, 2008

Free Fall, 2008

Beyond Good and Evil 6, 2008

Beyond Good and Evil 5, 2008

Beyond Good and Evil 4, 2007

Beyond Good and Evil 3, 2007

Beyond Good and Evil 2, 2007

Beyond Good and Evil 1, 2007

Beyond Good and Evil 0 (North and South Star), 2003

Boom!, 2003

Archive (1990-1999)

Burning Body, Burning Country, 1998

performance, Musée de Castieva, Almaty, Kazakhstan

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Burning Body, Burning Country, 1999

performance, Cultural Center Philippines (CCP), Manila, Philippines

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Handle Without Care, 1996

performance, Brisbane, Australia

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Offerings From A-Z, 1996

perfromance, Padaeng Ceremony, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Four Faces, 1993

performance, Biennial IX, Jakarta, Indonesia

Etalase, 1994

installation with found objects

37 3/8 x 57 5/8 x 25 3/4 in. (95 x 146.5 x 65.5 cm)

Do Not Prevent the Fertility of the Mind, 1997

installation with photograph, sanitary napkins, fluorescent lights, stool, and plastic sheet

White Cases, 1997

installation, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and Hiroshima, Japan

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Nation for Sale, 1996

installation, Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia

Coke Circle, 1996

installation, Claremont Art School, Perth, Australia

Sacred Coke, 1993

wooden table, organic rice, soil, Coca-Cola bottle, and condom

LIngga-Yoni, 1993

acrylic on canvas

71 5/8 x 55 1/8 in. (182 x 140 cm)

Archive (1980-1989)

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The Flower, 1982

performance

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Newspaperman, 1982

performance, Bandung, Indonesia

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Accident, 1980

performance, Bandung, Indonesia


WORKS

Shadow of the Past (2016)

Fertility of the Mind (2014)

Archive (2014-present)

Archive (2010-2013)

Archive (2000-2009)

Archive (1990-1999)

Archive (1980-1989)

The Jakarta Post, Arahmaiani shortlisted for Balestier Award

January, 2017


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Art Radar, “Shadow of the Past:” Indonesian artist Arahmaiani at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York

October, 2016


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Blouin Artinfo, Datebook: Arahmaiani at Tyler Rollins Fine Art in New York

September, 2016


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Yeast – Art of Sharing

July, 2016


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Afterall, The Premise of Contradiction and Feminist Politics: Reflections on Arahmaiani’s Art and Life

2016


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Asia Society, Assuring Our Cultural Legacy in the 21st Century

2015


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Haus am Dom, Arahmaiani Violence No More A Retrospective

February, 2015


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Art Republik: The League of Extraordinary Collectors

July, 2014


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Art Asia Pacific, Fertility of the Mind

May, 2014


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Mommy, A Conversation with Arahmaiani

April, 2014


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Artnews, Fertility of the Mind

March, 2014


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New York Times, Fertility of the Mind

January, 2014


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creative-i, Arahmaiani

April, 2013


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Suspended Histories, Arahmaiani

January, 2013


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Art Asia Pacific, My Second Life in Tibet

2012


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Negotiating Home History and Nation, Arahmaiani

2011


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Video, an Art, a History: 1965-2010

2011


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MutualArt.com, Indonesian Women Artists

July, 2009


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MutualArt.com, New Trajectories

May, 2008


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Indonesian Women Artists: The Curtain Opens

August, 2007


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Global Feminisms, Arahmaiani

March, 2007


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Indonesian Contemporary Art Now, Arahmaiani

2007


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Taboo and Transgression in Contemporary Indonesian Art, Arahmaiani

2005


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NAFAS, Arahmaiani

August, 2003


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Art Asia Pacific, Passing through the fire

2000


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Traditions/Tensions, Arahmaiani

1996


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