On January 31, 1988 the artists Mella Jaarsma and Nindityo Adipurnomo founded the Cemeti Art House in the Indonesian cultural capital Yogyakarta. The Dutch-Javanese married couple thereby not only introduced the term “contemporary” into Indonesia’s art world, but also initiated the first gallery in the country that supported young artists beyond individual exhibitions and also made them known abroad. In 1995 followed the founding of the Yayasan Seni (art foundation) Cemeti, which is devoted to archiving and documenting Indonesian art happenings and which was integrated into the independent Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA). The Cemeti Art House celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013 with the year’s program “Turning Targets”, which extends from exhibitions from the gallery’s collection and archive through participatory projects in various art disciplines to forums for young curators and art managers.
In this interview for Nafas, the founders of Cemeti speak about commerce, politics, and the problems of young artists in the Indonesian art scene.
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