For the first time, Indonesia will present a pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Jakartan curator Rifky Effendi has selected five artists – Albert Yohan Setiawan, Sri Astari, Eko Nugroho, Entang Witarso and Titarubi – to take part this year. Collectively, the artists will to respond to the theme of ‘magic’. How this manifests itself is yet to be seen, but Indonesian art consultant and pavilion supporter Restu Imansari Kusumaningrum anticipates that “In order for us to shine among the many other artists, we have to come up with a structure in the pavilion that will unify the artwork and represent our culture.”
(And for those of you who can’t make it to Venice, Biennale artist Eko Nugroho currently has an exhibition, Rally, in this neck of the woods at Melbourne’s NGV).