Admiring Polish Art and Design at Social Design for Social Living

by Beata Primana
4th July 2016
Social Design for Social Living is the latest exhibition to grace the National Gallery of Indonesia, showcasing interactive artworks by a community of Polish and Indonesian artists that highlights both countries' social and political issues.

The fusion of arts and cultures are no new theme for many out there. Artists and activists from numerous countries often join forces, translating social messages and call to action into aesthetics, visuals and forms that could be accepted universally without any barriers involved.

Fundacja Sztuka i Współczesność (Foundation for Art and Present Time) in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle Warsaw, Jatiwangi Art Factory (non-profit arts & culture-focused organisation) and Jakarta-based art community SERRUM is hosting Social Design for Social Living, held in the National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta.

The exhibition showcases social works in the form of interactive installations, artworks, projects and video arts by Polish and Indonesian artists that raise important Polish domestic issues in a hope to educate a wider audience in Indonesia.

But the exhibition is more than just shedding the light on Poland. As curator of the exhibition Marianna Dobkowska puts it, unity can be achieved through art, and that is what clearly visible from the exhibition. Apart from showcasing social issues in their homeland, some artists also present their past social projects in helping out local communities in Indonesia, through video documentary installations.

The two-phase event is ongoing right now, with the first phase running until July 1st, and the second phase that starts on July 12 and ends on July 22, 2016. Check out the gallery to see the festivities of the opening night last Tuesday.