Amid the threat of a health crisis, social and economic downturn, this year ARTJOG is organised with various limitations and risks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current national situation cannot be said to be conducive. However, maintaining the spirit of work and life’s passion among art practitioners and lovers in the country is an equally urgent agenda. Drawing a lot of inspiration from the various artistic and social works carried out by artists in Indonesia during the pandemic, ARTJOG returns with an exhibition at the Jogja National Museum by keeping our health and safety as a top priority.
Resilience is the ability of an object, a living thing or certain ecological entity to return to its original state, after experiencing a contraction, a shock, and an unexpected change. Psychologists use the term to describe a person’s ability to recover after going through a difficult experience, such as stress, trauma or even tragedy in life. While depending on individual’s internal factors, resilience can be cultivated and conditioned socially through care, attention, appreciation, opportunity and empathy given by others.
The main function of a festival is to foster togetherness and strengthen the social bond. ARTJOG believes that in a pandemic crisis period like these days, an exhibition or a festival not only serves to cultivate solidarity, but it also provides inspiration and collective reflection on the unique situation that happens around us these days through the works of artists. Togetherness is a condition that is also needed to achieve our collective resilience. Art is needed to maintain our sanity. In the end, art festival such as ARTJOG is just a media, or intermediary for a more harmonious relationship between people, and a better future.
The idea of resilience that ARTJOG offers through this presentation is eventually a hope, or prayer from, by and for all of us.