Indonesian prolific artist Sapto Djoko Damono once said that ‘murni’ refers to a means of producing artworks that are different from the rest. One way to do it is to extensively assess various kinds of texts and figure out how people can come up with an artwork that is able to reflect them as an artist. These days, however, the nature of art has significantly changed. The practices of remaking, copying and imitations are rather commonplace, causing some to believe that contemporary art does not believe in the value of originality.
From October 4 to November 15, 2017, the Indonesian Contemporary Art and Design (ICAD) is on a quest to feature contemporary artworks that still celebrate authenticity. More than 50 artists, designers and creative professionals have been invited to take part in the exhibition at the grandkemang Hotel. Organisers believe that the event is also a great way for the audience to participate and to critically evaluate what is being presented to them.
Aside from observing the art exhibition, visitors also have the opportunity to learn more about some of the greatest issues within the local creative sector by visiting a series of conventions. The topics discussed during these conventions ranged from ‘Mainstreaming Culture in Indonesia’ to ‘Growing the Audience for Your Film’. During these conventions, ICAD also collaborated with local art organisations such as Koalisi Seni Indonesia, APROFI and MPA; and foreign embassies such as the Embassy of Finland and Institut Francais Indonesia.
ICAD was first organised in 2009 as Indonesia’s first contemporary design exhibition. The major art event was an initiative developed by Yayasan Design+Art Indonesia, a local foundation that is comprised of talented designers and focuses on fostering the Indonesian cultural and creative scene. It is clear that this year’s exhibition allows patrons to rethink the problems faced within contemporary art practice today and how you can possibly bring back depth and lasting power in its works.
ICAD 2017: Murni? will run until November 15, 2017 at grandkemang Hotel Jakarta from 10am-8pm. For more info about the exhibition head over to www.arturaicad.com.