Art imitates life. This old notion comes to life in the 9th edition of Art Jakarta (previously Bazaar Art Jakarta), returning on July 27 – 30 at its usual spot, the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place. Themed “Unity in Diversity”, the art fair, which claims itself to be the “first and biggest in Indonesia”, aims to be a creative response to the regional crises.
“Political instability and economic crises can be a toxic to the art market. As Indonesia’s biggest art fair with strong international participation, I believe Art Jakarta plays an important role not only to promote Indonesian art, but also to uplift Indonesia’s visibility in the region,” says Gil Schneider, Fair Consultant of 2017 Art Jakarta.
With its aim to attract both art enthusiasts and general public, last year’s Art Jakarta was visited by over 45,000 spectators. The fair featured 630 local and international artists, displayed over 2,000 artworks, while raking over 104 billion rupiah in revenue.
This year, Art Jakarta collaborates with the country’s major galleries, as well as names from Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Phillipines, South Korea, China, Thailand, France and Spain. Among the artists whose works will be on display are Putu Sutawijaya, Indiguerillas, Richard Winkler, Arifin Neif, Lugas Syllabus, Laksamana Ryo, Tommy Wondra, I Nyoman Darya, Indra Dody, Iqi Qoror, Eddy Susanto, Antonio Sinaga, Masayoshi Nojo, David Gerstein, Zhu Jinshi, Su Xiaobai, Chun Kwang Young and Jean Franncois Rauzier.
This year, the fair highlights a new programme, Video Art Competition. The new media activation is meant to rekindle the love of video art, which the fair saw as booming just five years ago, but unfortunately fizzled prematurely. The competition bears the same theme as the art fair, Unity in Diversity.
The fair also brings at least two new names to its committee, including Fair Consultant Gil Schneider. The Singapore-based consultant previously held the same position at Art Stage Singapore. Benjamin Milton Hampe acts as a VIP & Community Relations, while Rifky Effendy returns as Creative Director.
The article is brought to you by Art Jakarta. Prestige, alongside DAMan Magazine and Destinasian Indonesia are official media partners of the event. artjakarta.com