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Melati Suryodarmo

The World Within

By Eva McGovern-Basa

EINS UN EINS, 2006, documentation of performance at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore, 2016.

Unless otherwise stated, all images copyright and courtesy the artist.

“Jiwa” is the theme of this year’s Jakarta Biennale—a word in Bahasa Indonesia that loosely translates into English as “soul,” encompassing energy and life. Touching on the artistic life force that runs through the country, the biennial aims to present a revisionist engagement between modern Indonesian art and contemporary practice that interrogates the histories of aesthetics and identity by gathering established…

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