12 February to 9 March 2018
Riksa Afiaty (b. 1986, Indonesia) lives and works in Jakarta. She recently co-curated with Charles Esche the exhibition Power and Other Things: Indonesia & Art (1835-NOW) at Bozar – Palais des beaux arts in Brussels for Europalia Art Festival 2017. She was part of the Curators Lab of the Jakarta Biennale 2015. As a member of the contemporary art organization ruangrupa from 2011 to 2016, she was involved with OK Video – Indonesia Media Art Festival and ARTLAB. In 2013, she received a grant from Rumah Seni Cemeti to pursue her research on street art and graffiti. Her current research on non-Western models for art institutions is supported by a grant from the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.
Using Singapore as a case study, during the residency, Riksa Afiaty will explore the infrastructures of art institutions, economics, education, and production and the way in which these situations shape and affect art production. These investigations are part of Afiaty’s wider research on art infrastructures in Indonesia, and the conceptualisation of a new space and site of encounters whose commitments are in line with the political, societal as well as cultural shifts taking place both locally and globally.
What kind of structures determine the need for art institutions in specific contexts? What is the role of art institutions in Singapore and what perspective on art are they shaping? Interested in how art institutions operate within the socio-political climate they endure, Riksa Afiaty explores ideas and models to produce alternative ways of thinking about art focusing primarily on institutions that use art as a tool to engage with social issues. In the context of this talk, Singapore is framed as a site where different kind of institutions coexist—independent art spaces and collecting institutions, archival practices and research-based organizations—in order to raise questions about production and participation and to address potential, albeit not necessarily probable, scenarios for the arts and the broader cultural sphere.