Melati Suryodarmo is one of Indonesia’s internationally acclaimed performance artists. Why Let the Chicken Run? is on view from 28 February to 31 May 2020 and presents significant works from over 20 years of art practice including scheduled live performances, photography and video performances, and historical documentation.
Why Let the Chicken Run? traces Melati Suryodarmo’s artistic practice through the presentation of her incredible long-durational performance pieces that range from 3 to 12 hours in duration. Through these long-durational works such as I’m A Ghost in My Own House (2012) and The Black Ball (2005), the artist challenges her body physically and psychologically in a personal pursuit of a deeper spiritual consciousness of the self.
The exhibition also presents key artistic influences and a selection of her personal archive to illustrate Suryodarmo’s fascinating creative process. Her practice is largely influenced by Butoh, and her formal art education in Europe alongside Javanese cultural traditions.