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b. 1969, works and lives in Surakarta, Indonesia
Performance Lecture
80 minutes

UNPACKED No.2 is one of Melati's performance lecture series that delves into a poetic exploration of personal experiences and reflections. Through revealed objects, relics, and fragments from her previous works, Suryodarmo imbues them with new layers of understanding and significance. The works are including Visible Undone Behavior (2005), Feather Fell from Nowhere (2011), The Seed (2008) and The Dog Bark at the Back Yards, the Eagle Flew after the Dark, and I … (2009). The presence of these objects and their incorporation into the artist's storytelling allows the performance space to evolve and become an integral part of the overall experience. The space serves as a canvas for exploring themes such as delusion, tragedy, and the complexities of the human condition.

Suryodarmo believes that objects bear witness to the individuals who coexist with them, and they hold the power to convey meaning, history and emotion. As she weaves her past performances in an intimate manner, these objects function as personal anecdotes, prompting profound and visceral encounters with her artistic oeuvre and somatic practice. The immersive nature of the performance lectures, combined with the personal and intimate display of objects, establishes a profound connection between the artist, the artwork, and the viewers. Through this reconciliation of various perspectives, the artist invites the audience to engage with their own interpretations and reflections.

Related Exhibitions:
2023 Camping Asia, Taipei Performing Arts Centre, Taipei 11.29, 2023 -11.30, 2023
Melati Suryodarmo: Unpacked, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore 01.07, 2023 -04.02, 2023

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