55th International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia – Indonesia Pavilion

Republic of INDONESIA
Albert Yonathan Setyawan, Eko Nugroho, Entang Wiharso, Rahayu Supanggah, Sri Astari, Titarubi
Commissioner: Soedarmadji JH Damais. Deputy Commissioner: Achille Bonito Oliva. Curators:Carla Bianpoen, Rifky Effendy. Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale

“Sakti” as the curatorial theme for the Indonesia Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is based on its symbolic nature and its aptness in representing the spirit that ties together the Indonesian nation.

Originally Sakti derives from the Sanskrit “shak,” (to be able) meaning the sacred force of empowerment or primordial cosmic energy representing the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe in Hinduism. While of Hindu origin, Sakti was soon integrated into the Indonesian local cosmology and language, and unfailingly indicates magic, divine or supernatural power, the sacred.

The traditional divine embodiment of creative power: gentle yet invincible, an agent of change and regeneration, and of cosmic justice, Sakti is also multi-faceted while at the same time it is a singular essence of truth. As energy it can be conceived as a creative principle, something like ‘the other’ power.

In the context of contemporary art, the concept of Sakti has been the basis for our curatorial reading of art praxis and has been used as a directive for the aesthetic exploration of the individual artist, who will refer to historical and social aspects as well as the value of local cultural pluralism within the global discourse.

With its overarching concept of Sakti, the Indonesia Pavilion proposes an alternative artistic practice and a new cultural presence in the global art world.