Bangkit/Arise is an international arts exchange and residency between artists from the San Francisco/Bay Area, USA and Yogyakarta Indonesia. The lead sponsoring organization for Bangkit/Arise is Clarion Alley Mural Project, based in San Francisco in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum Chong Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. The projects 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 travel and to be a part of the first phase of the exchange; however, they are still very much a part of the exchange and will be traveling to Yogyakarta as soon as it is possible.
During the exchange/residency in Yogyakarta in July/August 2018 Nano paired each of the San Francisco/Bay Area artists with an artist assistant to provide transportation and assistance at the site. In addition Nano set up a children’s art program for the visiting artists’ children and the children of the curator from the Asian Art Museum who came with her family. He also identified two photographers/videographers to document the process. The team includes:
Dabi Arnasa – paired with Christopher
Adhitya Prasetya – paired with Kelly
Siam Candra – paired with Jet
Mohammad Toyib – paired with Megan
Bobby – paired with Jose
Harind Arvati – Children’s Art Program
Sino – Children’s Art Program
Mumu Lemu – Photographer/videographer
Cha Cha Baininu – Photographer/videographer
After all of the SF/Bay Area artists and their collaborator artists had finished with their murals and some had gone back to the Bay Area, the team of artists that Nano had put together as support painted a collaborative mural that is an amazing work of Gotong Royong! (collective solidarity).
On September 3rd six of the Yogyakarta artists – Nano Warsono, Bambang Toko, Ucup, Wedhar Riyadi, Vina Puspita and Harind Ndarvati arrived in San Francisco to spend 8 weeks in the Bay Area getting to work with our communities here. Sadly, one of the Indonesian artists – Codit – was unable to be a part of the current residency in 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 development and the role of art in supporting Civic Design through:
- Creating a culture of creativity;
- Community building and networking;
- The engagement of residents and visitors/tourists; and
- Economic growth and livelihood – the creative economy;
- The role of the public commons;
- Environmentalism and the critical need for a call to action;
- Current geopolitical divisions, xenophobia and how we envision a world rooted in social justice, equity, and collaboration;
- The need for radical inclusion and understanding differences and similarities as a means of strength and the goal of collectively dismantling local and global inequities/oppression.