Acts of Indecency by Melati Suryodarmo

We managed to catch Melati Suryodarmo’s latest solo show at The Goods Dept. in Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta. More information about this here.

Internationally acclaimed Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo presents her latest solo project at the Art Dept by VWFA. The exhibition showcases a selection of some of her most iconic performance video documentation to date as well as a new photographic series.

Suryodarmo’s ongoing interest in the psychological and physical potential of the body is often situated around notions of body politics, restraint, endurance, transformation and stasis as well as her own existential questioning. Combining academic research with observations on intercultural experiences and human relationships her performances are visually sumptuous, carefully articulated and physically demanding.  As an Indonesian artist living and working in Germany and across Europe, the exhibition aims to introduce her work to new audiences at the Goods Dept as she embarks on more projects in Indonesia.

For her video documentation the artist has selected 5 works dating from 2002-2008 including The Black Ball, My Fingers are the Triggers, Boundaries that Lie, Ugo and The Promise. 

Her new photographic series develops her interest in the psychological undercurrents of the drawings of women by Austrian painter Egon Schiele (1890-1918) and the life of Schiele also served as inspiration for her performance The Black Ball (2005). Suryodarmo deconstructs and destabilises Schiele’s erotic portrayal of women through fragmented photographs of the artist’s legs in varying moments of farcical sexual objectification. Subtle moments of abjection and humour, pain and beauty attempt to ridicule and question the erotic public gaze on the female body.

Quoted from online invite. And image above from The Goods Dept. website.

Check out her other works here.

And check out the snapshots of the works (by a lousy camera) below:

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