Postcard from Yogyakarta: 25 Years of Cemeti Art House | By Alia Swastika

Postcard from Yogyakarta: 25 Years of Cemeti Art House

by Alia Swastika
March 15, 2013

Twenty-five years ago, one of the most important moments in the history of contemporary art in Indonesia occurred in a small living room in a simple house in the middle of a kampong (village) in Yogyakarta. Nindityo Adipurnomo, an artist who had just graduated from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta and went to school at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, and Mella Jaarsma, who had just moved to Yogyakarta from Holland, established an independent art space called Cemeti Modern Art Gallery. Cemeti literally means whip, a symbol they chose to represent a new spirit to encourage a new generation of artists in Indonesia.

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