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by Farid Rakun


I’m answering all these with two hats simultaneously: one as a part of the artistic director team of the upcoming documenta fifteen (2022), second as someone still involved (albeit currently in a very limited capacity) with the Jakarta Biennale.

The following diagrams were made in an attempt to explain what me + my friends are going through. They began with, but might not answer, the four questions you posed to me in a direct manner.
In a nutshell, from our experience, what we’re trying to do is to practice an understanding of art and (therefore its) institutions as something constituent, porous, in order to reach the relevancy of everyday life to sustain (at least) an ecosystem where they are based. Not many parties exercise this understanding (although for sure everyone has been writing and talking about it a lot, including those who are not practicing), by being extractive (intentionally or not).

Please dwell on the diagrams below for more…

Farid Rakun trained as an architect (B.Arch from Universitas Indonesia and M.Arch from Cranbrook Academy of Art); rakun wears different hats, dependent on who is asking. A visiting lecturer in the Architecture Department of Universitas Indonesia, he is also a part of the artists’ collective ruangrupa, with whom he co-curated TRANSaction: Sonsbeek 2016 in Arnhem, NL, and currently serving as a collective Artistic Director for documenta fifteen (Kassel, 2022). As an instigator, he has permeated various global institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, La Biennale di Venezia, MMCA Seoul, Sharjah Biennial, Bienal de São Paulo, Harun Farocki Institut, Dutch Art Institute (DAI), Creative Time, Haute École d'art et de design (HEAD) Genève, and basis voor actuele kunst (BAK). He has worked for the Jakarta Biennale in different capacities since 2013 and is currently serving as an advisor.

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Issue 46 / June 2020

Contemporary Art Biennales – Our Hegemonic Machines in Times of Emergency

by Ronald Kolb, Shwetal A. Patel, Dorothee Richter

by Daniel Knorr

by Roma Jam Session art Kollektiv

by Delia Popa

by Diana Dulgheru

by Daniel Knorr

by Farid Rakun

by Raqs Media Collective

by Defne Ayas and Natasha Ginwala

by Ekaterina Degot

by Yung Ma

by Eva González-Sancho Bodero and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk

by Raluca Voinea

by Răzvan Ion

by Daniel Knorr

by Lara van Meeteren and Bart Wissink

by Raqs Media Collective

by Robert E. D’Souza

By Manifesta 12 Creative Mediators: Bregtje van der Haak, Andrés Jaque, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Mirjam Varadinis

WHW in conversation with Omar Kholeif

by Henk Slager

by Vasyl Cherepanyn

by Ksenija Orelj

by Catherine David

by Okwui Enwezor

by Sabeth Buchmann and Ilse Lafer

by Julia Bethwaite and Anni Kangas

by Federica Martini

by Vittoria Martini