International Artists Show at Jakarta Biennale

By Eva McGovern

The 13th Jakarta Biennale: “Arena,” which ran from mid-November 2008 through early April at venues from bus stops to shopping malls and art museums, was the first edition to include artists from other countries in Southeast Asia and further abroad. But despite the inclusion of non-Indonesian artists, much of the biennale’s focus remained on Jakarta itself, with public spaces in the city presented as an “arena,” for both political and artistic possibilities.

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