ArahmaianiArtist, Yogyakarta

    Arahmaiani is one of Indonesia’s most respected and iconic contemporary artists. In the 1980sand 1990s, she established herself as a pioneer in performance art in Southeast Asia. Hermultidisciplinary practice incorporates painting, drawing, installation, video, poetry, dance, andmusic. Her work has grappled with contemporary politics, violence, critiques of capitalism, thefemale body, and in recent years, her own identity as a Muslim who uses aspects of Islamic,Hindu, Buddhist, and animist beliefs in her work. In her prolific career of activism combinedwith artistic practice, she has used her influence to direct attention to violence against womenand female discrimination in Indonesia’s Islamic community, as well as to fight against thestigmatization of Islam after September 11. Since 2010, a focus of her work has been theenvironmental issues in the Tibetan plateau region, where she has been collaborating with localmonks and villagers to foster environmental protection. Her work has been shown widely inexhibitions around the world, including “Suspended Histories,” Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam(2014); “Global Feminism,” Brooklyn Museum (2007); and the landmark exhibition“Traditions/Tensions,” Asia Society, New York (1996). In 2003, Arahmaiani was one of theartists representing Indonesia at the 50th Venice Biennale.

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