Clarion Alley Mural Project is preparing to leave for Yogyakarta (pronounced Jogjakarta) Indonesia to begin the first phase of our latest international exchange and residency Bangkit/Arise.
Bangkit/Arise is designed to foster discussions, understanding, and action on critical social/political issues facing our global communities today using art as a point of departure. Subjects to be addressed include: 1) Environmentalism and the critical need for a call to action; 2) Current geopolitical divisions and how we envision a world rooted in social justice, equity, and collaboration; and 3) The need for radical inclusion and understanding difference as a means of strength and the goal of collectively dismantling intersectional oppression. This collaboration is also timely given the great need at this juncture in history for understanding and dialogue between Muslim and non-Muslim communities – art can provide a powerful means to facilitate such exchanges. Reading about and viewing the work of contemporary art from other cultures is an enriching experience. However, the actual presence of artists from another culture, creating work directly within a community and exchanging their inspirations, processes, and history, is a considerably more rewarding and expanding experience – for the community, as well as the artists – it’s a true exchange.
Clarion Alley Mural Project’s (CAMP) institutional partner in San Francisco is the Asian Art Museum; in Jogjakarta our institutional partner is Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI).
Specifically, in the summer of 2018, seven artists from Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) will travel to Jogjakarta, Indonesia and subsequently in fall 2018 seven artists from Jogjakarta will travel to SF Bay Area USA. Each group will spend 6-weeks as visiting artists-in-residence and participate in the following:
- Community collaborations that work to address concerns – locally and globally;
- The creation of public works (murals, prints, performances, installations);
- Public events and presentations to engage cross-cultural discussions; and
- Live webcasts to connect the two communities in real-time.
In addition, a book and website will be produced to accompany the project, documenting the process and works created during the residencies, and featuring essays and writings by curators, cultural critics, and specialists in the fields addressed from both countries. These will include translations in both English and Bahasa Indonesian.
Through Bangkit/Arise our aim is to accomplish the following goals for the participating artists, organizations, and our communities as a whole:
- To learn from and work directly with artists from different countries / cultures who are using creative approaches to address the critical issues facing our global communities;
- To learn more about one another’s cultures and how the culture itself has influenced and responded to the work being created – and shared publicly;
- The production of new public works, exhibitions, and public presentations in both locations;
- To gain deeper understanding of current world events and how the work being created is informed by these circumstances through public events;
- An ongoing creative and cultural relationship.
Participating Artists SF/Bay Area: Jose Guerra Awe, Shaghayegh Cyrous, Jet Martinez, Kelly Ording, Keyvan Shovir, Christopher Statton, Megan Wilson
Allison Wyckoff, Associate Director of Public and Community Programs at the Asian Art Museum will also travel to Jogjakarta as part of the residency to assist with the project, meet and connect with members of the arts community in Jogjakarta, and represent the Asian Art Museum.
Participating Artists Yogyakarta: Nano Warsono, Bambang Toko, Hari Ndaruwati, Muhammad Yusuf (Ucup), Wedhar Riyadi, Eko Didyk Sukowati (Codit), and Vina Puspita
CAMP’s first exchange and residency project with Yogyakarta – Sama-Sama/Together – took place in 2003.