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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.


Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina

Residency period

01 – 29 March 2018


Working together since 2010, Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina are an artist duo from Jakarta, Indonesia. Their tactical interventionist approach is developed in response to their experience of living in Jakarta, a megacity of 15 million people fraught with political power struggles. In their practice, they frequently translate social issues into events that unfold spontaneously in the public sphere as a form of “urban play,” generating critical alternatives to complicated issues. Their work has been exhibited at ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2016); Biennale Jogja, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2015); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2014); and Singapore Biennale (2013).


Departing from a specific historical episode, the artists will explore the contemporary currency of gestures of sabotage in the context of the geopolitical frictions between Indonesia and Singapore. This research is part of Ring of Fire (2014-ongoing), a long-term project focused on natural disasters and geopolitical collisions named after the vast geographical area that runs from New Zealand to Chile stretching across Southeast Asia. By framing uncanny relationships between tectonic instability and political unrest, the pair seek to address conditions of vulnerability as well as the tensions related to environment, social justice, freedom of expression, and human rights among Southeast Asian countries.

Public programmes

Residencies Studio Sessions: The Flame of the Pacific Artist Talk by Tita Salina and Irwan Ahmett (Indonesia), Artists-in-Residence
28 Mar 2018, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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In 2014, Tita Salina and Irwan Ahmett initiated Ring of Fire, a 10-year long research project that addresses manifold forms of vulnerability. Ring of Fire explores the intricate network of human-made collisions occurring in the eponymous geographical area that runs around the Pacific Ocean, from New Zealand to Chile stretching across Southeast Asia­—one of the deadliest places on earth due to plate movements and volcanic eruptions. Fascinated by how subterranean tectonic clashes find uncanny counterparts in the political turmoil above the ground, the artists will discuss the scope of Ring of Fire and reflect on how their work engage with humanitarian crisis, environmental disasters, and the darkest histories in the Southeast Asian region. They will also talk about the research initiated during their residency which, inspired by a historical moment of friction between Indonesia and Malaysia in 1965, tackles sabotage practices and haze threats.

The talk will take place in the artists’ studio.