Bangkit Sama-Sama/Together We Rise

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to invite you for the virtual opening reception of Bangkit Sama-Sama / Together We Rise, Multidisciplinary works by Bangkit/ Arise Artists:

Friday, April 2, at 6pm PDT! 

The exhibition will be on view virtually:

April 2, 2021- May 31, 2021, with 24 hours online access

Our virtual opening reception will include introducing the Bangkit Arise program, introducing artists from both San Francisco and Indonesia, and a walkthrough of the Bangkit Sama-Sama / Together We Rise online exhibition.

If you are interested in attending our virtual opening reception, you can email [email protected] to receive the zoom link, or join us live on Facebook

We are looking forward to celebrating our exhibition with you!


Shaghayegh Cyrous and Megan Wilson

Curators, Bangkit Sama-Sama/Together We Rise

Clarion Alley Mural Project

About the Exhibition:

Bangkit Sama-Sama / Together We Rise

Multidisciplinary works by Bangkit/ Arise Artists

April 2, 2021- May 31, 2021 – U.S.
April 3, 2021 – June 1, 2021 – Indonesia

24 hours access to the exhibition!

Link to the Exhibition: Will be shared at the Opening reception.

Artists include:

  • 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.

Bangkit/Arise is an international arts exchange and residency between artists from the San Francisco/Bay Area, USA and Yogyakarta Indonesia co-curated and organized by Megan Wilson, Christopher Statton, and Nano Warsono. The lead sponsoring organization for Bangkit/Arise is Clarion Alley Mural Project in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum. The project partners in Yogyakarta Indonesia are Desa Panggungharjo and the Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta.

In July/August 2018 five of the artists from the SF/Bay Area – Kelly Ording, Jet Martinez, Jose Guerra, Christopher Statton and Megan Wilson arrived in Yogyakarta to spend 5 – 7 weeks as part of the residency exchange. Unfortunately because of greater geopolitical circumstances, two of the Bay Area artists – Shaghayegh Cyrous and Keyvan Shovir were unable to travel and to be a part of the first phase of the exchange; however, they will travel to Yogyakarta with the next phase of the project in 2022.

In September/October 2018 six of the Yogyakarta artists – Nano Warsono, Bambang Toko, Ucup, Wedhar Riyadi, Vina Puspita and Harind Ndarvati spent 8 weeks in the Bay Area getting to work with our communities there. Sadly, one of the Indonesian artists – Codit – was unable to travel to San Francisco due to greater geopolitics; however, he too is still part of the exchange and will travel to San Francisco when possible.

Bangkit/Arise is designed to foster discussions, understanding, and action on critical social/political issues facing our global and local communities today using art as a point of departure. Subjects being addressed include: community building and networking; climate change; the public commons, urban development and gentrification, geopolitical divisions that impact the means by which we are able to envision community globally, and healing from the Covid-19 pandemic.