Weekly Picks: Indonesia (11 – 17 June 2018)

Top Picks of Indonesia art events in Jakarta and Bali from 11-17 June 2018

Barus is a region in Central Tapanuli in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Between the 7th and 15th century, Barus was a center of spice trading in Indonesia that connected the region to the West through the Silk Road. The traders of Iraq, Iran, Egypt, India and China knew Barus as the producer of camphor and incense. As a trading port, Barus was also a center for exchanges of culture, arts, and knowledge. Through photography, Hasiholan Siahaan XIV invites us to revisit Barus and imagine how the port was during its glory days. Hasiholan’s exhibition that is titled Barus – Kota Emporium & Peradaban Nusantara runs until 19 June 2018 at Institut Francaise Indonesia’s Wijaya location. His photos are also available in a newly published book with the same title. Exhibition is free. For more information on the exhibition and photography book, click here.

If you would like to catch a film on Tuesday night, perhaps you might be interested in Ladies’ Turn, a French documentary film on a women’s football team in Senegal. In 2009, Senegal held its first women’s football tournament. Ladies’ Turn follows the story of Seyni Ndir Seck and her team from the first tournament to finally winning the tournament in 2011. Ladies’ Turn plays at 7 PM at IFI Thamrin on Tuesday, 12 June 2018. For more information on the film, click here.

Antonius Kho is a Balinese-based painter and sculptor who started an art exchange project between Indonesia and other countries called the Art Link. Having done exchanges with Cambodia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, China, and India, this year’s Art Link focuses on the exchange between Indonesia and Laos. The exchange involves 6 artists from each country and culminates in an exhibition that is shown in both countries. Art Link Indonesia – Laos is exhibited at Arma Museum in Ubud Bali until the 20th of June. Through these artworks, Antonius invites visitors to see that we have our differences, yet we are also quite similar. For more information on Art Link, click here.

Also in Bali is an exhibition that might interest both dance lovers and visual artists. Tonyraka Gallery hosts Honold Fine Art in presenting Sally Smart’s The Choreography of Cutting. The Choreography of Cutting is a work that Sally developed between 2014 and 2016. In it, Sally looks to dance history and her interests in Martha Graham, Pina Bausch, and Ballet Russes to create large installations on black and white walls using found dance documentation, video, and dance costume assemblages. Opening of The Choreography of Cutting will take place on Sunday, 17 June 2018 at 4 PM at Tonyraka Gallery in Ubud. For more information on the exhibition, visit Tony Raka’s instagrama here.



Children’s Literature is a unique art form by itself. If you’re a writer who are interested to learn about how to write children’s literature, come and join Jakarta Arts Council’s Kelas Penulisan Cerita Anak 2018 (Children Story Writing Class). Read more about the class here. To apply to be selected for the class, fill the application form here by 30 June 2018.



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