Wimo Ambala Bayang, Belanda Sudah Dekat! (“The Dutch Are Close!”), 2008. Installation view of “Landing Soon #7” at Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, 2008. Courtesy Cemeti Art House
Since 1988, Cemeti Art House has been actively communicating and stimulating art practices of contemporary Indonesian and foreign artists. Many projects have been realized each year, including solo and group exhibitions, performances, and site-specific and community-related projects, often accompanied by discussions and artist talks. We also curate and organize exhibitions and projects in other venues and abroad.
In its bid to seek and develop discourse, Cemeti Art House not only operates as a platform for the latest artistic developments, but goes into more depth by stimulating and facilitating specific projects, and connecting artists with other professionals and work that is relevent to specific communities (e.g., “Art of Bamboo” (2002), “Choose Your Own Public: Playground” (2005), “Counter Attract” (2005), and “Traditional Performing Arts Program” in collaboration with the Ford Foundation Network).
Since 2006, Cemeti Art House has organized several residency programs, including “Landing Soon.” During each residency period of three months, artists “land” in Yogyakarta, and research local and global issues through different themes, visions, and conditions.
Since 2010, Cemeti Art House has been encouraging creative, alternative projects, and concentrating on art practices through multidisciplinary artist-in-residence programs. It focuses on art and society, emphasizing alternative art practices that honor the process, rather than the promotion. We create on a dialogue between curators, researchers, artisans, activists, and artists of all disciplines, through various residency designs.