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Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina
The Ring of Fire (2014 – ongoing)

13 Apr 2019, Sat - 11 Jun 2019, Tue

Invisible to the human eye, geological kinships flow under the oceans and lay deep into the earth’s crust. When they manifest themselves, it is often in apocalyptic forms that disrupt existing ecosystems and the course of human life. In geography, The Ring of Fire denotes the volcanic belt and the collision zone of tectonic plates running around the edges of the Pacific Ocean, a deadly area where the majority of the world’s earthquakes and eruptions occur. For Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina, this geologically unstable territory demarcates a field of artist inquiry.

Since 2014, the Indonesian duo have embarked upon a journey that engages issues of social injustice, political struggles, colonial histories, and environmental crises encountered along erratic routes that stretch from Indonesia to New Zealand, from Taiwan and South Korea to Japan. The Ring of Fire (2014–ongoing) brings together for the first time the most significant works realised by the artists, either together or individually, since the inception of the project.



An artist duo based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Irwan Ahmett (b.1975) and Tita Salina (b.1973) have been working together since 2010. Their ephemeral interventions articulate sharp social commentaries on urgent issues concerning urban development, ecological catastrophes, political repression, colonial legacies, and the exploitation of human and ecological resources. Spanning from the prankish to the subversive, the duo can mobilise playfulness in the public sphere, irony in radioactive sites, and empathy in relation to conditions of human and environmental vulnerability. Their work has been exhibited at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Japan (2018); Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland (2017); ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2016); amongst other international venues.

Ahmett and Salina were Artists-in-Residence at NTU CCA Singapore in March 2018.

Artist’s Tour
Saturday, 13 April, 3.00 – 4.00pm
Join Tita Salina for a walk-through The Ring of Fire. The artist will discuss the origin and the development of this five-year project, charting out the ways in which the works weave together natural catastrophes, historical occurrences, and present-day social and environmental crises.
Image caption: Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina, Longevity, 2018, film still. Photo by Rangga Aditiawan. Courtesy the artists.