THE DIALECTICS OF SYSTEMS AND DISCOURSES do not stop within dichotomous divisions (e.g. “central vs. peripheral”), because everything that is lying — or mediating — between the two different types of zone, presumably, invites speculation about knowledge, noetic, or other mental activities that have not been — or even they seem almost impossible to be — formulated through frameworks that so far relied on the rationality and logic typical of modern knowledge. This kind of criticism shifts our focus to things that are rarely, not yet, or may not be seen. These things seem to be in the “intermediate” area or some kind of “crossing zone” —like a doorway that intersects two spaces. In other words: threshold zone. Things that in this context we call “ambangan” (“threshold-ness”).
Suvi’s visual works in this series are the result of visualization of various objects which he considers represent real experiences, self-identities, and models of social relations that exist outside. These objects are performative in the context of how they accommodate bitterness in the family environment, as well as perceiving (directly and indirectly) the phenomenon of social conflict in Indonesia. All of them imagine a quiet nuance but it also implies a very strong noise.
From September to November 2019, Cemeti hosted three artists-in-residence, Chu Hao Pei (Singapore), Dhanny Sanjaya (Indonesia), and Sophie Innmann (Germany) for a three months period. Cemeti’s Artist-in-Residence Program Period #2 2019 (September-November) is a cooperation with Goethe-Institut Indonesia and National Art Council, Singapore.
Program Rimpang Nusantara dan Residensi Kelana menjadi titik temu dari gagasan dua lembaga Cemeti – Institut untuk Seni dan Masyarakat, dan Yayasan Biennale Yogyakarta untuk melihat Indonesia tidak dalam kerangka kota-Kota pusat seni, melainkan bergerak dan menyingkap narasi-narasi di titik-titik lain, terutama yang terhubung dengan khatulistiwa.
The exhibition tries to deconstruct and re-examine Madura as a psycho-geographical and cultural region within a broader spectrum. The commissioned artists will at least represent the diversity: some of them are the residents of Madura, some others are Madurese diaspora, representatives of Pandalungan, and non-Madurese visual artist who can provide a more objective view. The works on exhibited speak for four groups of narratives, namely history, coast, ground, and gender.
Restu Ratnaningtyas in “Domain/Terrain” has delved through her personal experiences of moving in and out of old and new places. They are simple episodic memories which were initially perceived psychologically as social phenomena; yet when reflected from a certain distance, this allowed her to respond to these memories from a different perspective.
Mulai bulan Maret hingga Mei 2019, Cemeti mendampingi dua seniman residensi, yaitu Mirjam Linschooten (Belanda) dan Ragil Dwi Putra (Indonesia). Program Residensi Seniman Cemeti, periode #1 2019 ini diselenggarakan oleh Cemeti – Institut untuk Seni dan Masyarakat dan partisipasi seniman Mirjam Linschooten didukung oleh Mondriaan Fund, Belanda.