If you missed the Bangkit Sama-Sama/Together We Rise! artist talk on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 1pm PST on Facebook Live with artists Vina Puspita from Yogyakarta (Currently living in London), Nano Warsono in Yogyakarta, Christopher Statton in San Francisco, Kelly Ording and Jet Martinez in Oakland, and Keyvan Shovir in LA, moderated by exhibition curators/artists Megan Wilson and Shaghayegh Cyrous, you can see it here:
Bangkit Sama-Sama / Together We Rise
Multidisciplinary works by Bangkit/ Arise Artists
April 2, 2021- June 30, 2021 – U.S.
April 3, 2021 – July 1, 2021 – Indonesia
Yogyakarta Indonesia: Nano Warsono, Bambang Toko, Ucup, Vina Puspita, and Hari Ndarvati
San Francisco/BayArea: Megan Wilson, Christopher Statton, Kelly Ording, Jet Martinez, Shaghayegh Cyrous, Keyvan Shovir, and Joanna Ruckman
Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) is proud to present Bangkit Sama-Sama/Together We Rise, featuring the works of artists participating in the international exchange and residency Bangkit/Arise between the San Francisco Bay Area, U.S. and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Bangkit Sama-Sama/ Together We Rise is about the power of resilience and the belief that it is possible to rise together as a critical mass to create a world rooted in compassion, justice, and equity. Whether through deep reflection, social/political commentary, direct action, storytelling, beauty, or humor; these are all strategies for working collectively to heal.
The first phase of the Bangkit/Arise exchange and residency took place in 2018 (see below to learn more). The next phase was scheduled to take place in the summer of 2020; however, … Covid. Instead, the Bay Area and Yogyakarta artists have spent the past year connecting through online chats and sharing their experiences of life during the pandemic.
While these efforts to stay connected and share experiences virtually isn’t a comparable substitute for the direct experience of working together in person, they are part of the collective energy to acknowledge the overwhelming struggles of the past year and to begin healing.
The phrase Urip Iku Urup refers to the Javanese philosophy that life is like a light or flame that should be passed around to share and benefit everyone; the greater the benefits we can provide for others, the better for all.
A contemporary interpretation of Urip Iku Urup in 2020/21 might be: Life is like our optical fibers, transmitting light for communications over longer distances that should be free and accessible for everyone; the greater the benefits that we provide for others, the better for all.