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Melati Suryodarmo: TIMORIBUS
2018-06-10 12:42

TIMORIBUS
Opening: 25 January, from 4pm - 9pm
Exhibition Period: 25 January – 25 March 2018
Address: ShanghART Singapore, 9 Lock Road, #02-22, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108937

Transaction of Hollows
Performance Dates: 25 – 26 January, from 5pm - 9pm
Exhibition Period: 27 January – 25 February 2018
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ShanghART Singapore is pleased to present a solo exhibition “TIMORIBUS” by renowned performance artist Melati Suryodarmo. It is an inaugural comprehensive exhibition in Singapore, will showcase Melati’s multidisciplinary approach to art, consisting of a variety of works ranging from photography, videography, to what she is best known for – durational performance. The exhibition opens on Thursday, 25 January 2018 and runs through 25 March 2018, with an accompanying live performance by the artist on 25 and 26 January 2018.

“Timoribus” is a Latin term meaning "fear." In Melati's works, body functions as a container of memories and emotions, while the feeling of fear she expressed is often deeply intertwined with human instinct, desire and individual deliberation. Fear stems from the defense mechanisms of the body, as well as the sense of disillusionment with the pursuit of ultimate perfection and immortality. Through her highly physical and often humorously absurd performances, Melati probes to the relationship between the feeling of fear and everyday life, personal experience, political discourse and the mass media.

The title piece “Timoribus”, is a video installation art work directed by the artist inspired by the recent state of affairs. By tracing back to the history of performance art and experimental video, this work examines the politicized characteristics of artists in Europe during the 1960s and 1970s. To date the world is surrounded by terror and fear of terror at varying scales, from rodent infestation to fatal bombings, which has been given the global context of fear. Even if fear is non-existent, people have found ways to invent its presence in everyday life by the need for security, posterity and preservation, and been pushing to develop technology and innovation all the time. As images production and reproduction gets clearer and faster, the irony is that the speed of how those images are absorbed by the brain confuses it, creating a blur in the mind. The world is clear but the mind is convoluted; all the while fear continues to play a growing part in this post-truth world, shaping our experiences and reality.

Also on exhibition alongside “Timoribus” will feature videos of her previous performances art pieces, reproducing the complex emotions and body motions of the artists who contingently performed in a specific space and time duration. Melati's performance often conveys great diffuse energy and tension through the transmission of the intense emotions such as the fear of death ("Ugo") , and the anxiety of the unknown ("Sweet Dreams Sweet"), by this way she makes multidimensional communication with the space or the stage, and the audience  who physically and psychologically involved between the  borders and boundaries.

Compared with the videos, Melati’s photography seems to be a silent termination of her performance actions and processes. When all emotions are frozen on the surface of the photos, it forms an atmosphere within and without the images. Her recent photography "Tomorrow, As Purposed" series, presents the spirit of intense confrontation and personal anxiety with the dynamic and gestures of body, and "Window" series extends the relationship between "physical body"/"cultural body" to the "outer"/"inner", the main “Self” finalizes a distinction out of the fear and resistance to “the Constitutive Other”.

The live performance, titled “Transaction of Hollows”, is a long durational performance piece that investigates mankind’s mixture feeling of desire and fear on love and war. Melati evokes desolation and anxiety at the state of politics and society as she negotiates the nuances of such emotions through these circumstances by repetitively shooting hundreds of arrows without a specific target. The audience is invited to be present in the same space, connecting with the artist and the intense and wild atmosphere in their own unique way. Transaction of Hollows was commissioned by and performed first time at Lilith Performance Studio, Malmo in 2016.

About Melati Suryodarmo

Melati Suryodarmo (b. 1969) is a visual artist currently based in her hometown, Surakarta, Indonesia, having lived and worked in Germany for 20 years. She graduated with a degree in International Relations from Universitas Padjadjaran Bandung, Indonesia, and went on to pursue a degree in Fine Art at Hochschule fuer Bildende Kuenste, Germany. Studying under the tutelage of renowned Japanese Butoh dancer and choreographer, Anzu Furukawa, and acclaimed pioneering performance artist and professor, Marina Abramovic, Melati eventually finished her post-graduate program in Performance Art while gaining the opportunity to perform alongside Abramovic with a group of students at the 2003 Venice Biennale. Known for her long durational performances, often involving highly physical acts and use of the body to convey her ideas regarding cultural, social, and political issues, Melati has performed across the world for 20 years, in festivals, biennials, galleries, and museums. Notable shows include the 52nd Venice Biennale Dance Festival (2007), Luminato Festival of the Arts (2012), Asia Pacific Triennial 8 (2015), Singapore Biennale (2016), as well as helming the Jakarta Biennale 2017 as the artistic director.

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MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2018
12 minutes
Video | Single-channel video
Edition of 5
code: MS_5777

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2010
25 minutes 56 seconds
Video | Single-channel video
Edition of 5
code: MS_3501

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2015
15 minutes
Video | Single-channel video
16:9, stereo audio
Performance Video
Edition of 5
code: MS_9170

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2008
6 minutes 6 seconds
Video | Single-channel video
16:9
Performance Video
Edition of 5
code: MS_8662

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2013
18 minutes 14 seconds
Video | Single-channel video
4:3, stereo audio
Performance Video
Edition of 5
code: MS_9458

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2013
17 minutes 16 seconds
Video | Single-channel video
4:3
Performance Video
Edition of 5
code: MS_1077

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2014
6 minutes 24 seconds
Video | Single-channel video
16:9, stereo audio
Performance Video
Edition of 5
code: MS_1418

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2018
33*50cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_6577

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2018
33*50cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_0221

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
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33*50cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_4562

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2018
33*50cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_0715

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2018
33*50cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_2079

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
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33*50cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_5342

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
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Photograph | Colour inkjet print
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MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
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33*50cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
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code: MS_7037

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2018
33*50cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_7264

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2018
33*50cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_1993

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2018
33*50cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_9459

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
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Photograph | Colour inkjet print
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code: MS_7624

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
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MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
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Photograph | Colour inkjet print
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code: MS_7358

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
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33*50cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
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code: MS_6918

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
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33*50cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_1615

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2018
33*50cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_8204

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2018
60*90cm | With white listing 80*110cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_0978

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2018
60*90cm | With white listing 80*110cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_4985

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2018
90*60cm | With white listing  110*80cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_2327

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2018
90*60cm | With white listing  110*80cm
Photograph | Colour inkjet print
Edition of 5
code: MS_3021

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Melati Suryodarmo: TIMORIBUS 01.25, 2018

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