VIDEO | Whose Freedom? – ruangrupa

Ade Darmawan and Farid Rakun of ruangrupa in conversation with the audience about collectiveness and collaboration and working with collective ressources.

ruangrupa is a Jakarta-based collective established in 2000. It is a non-profit organization that strives to support the idea of art within urban and cultural context by involving artists and other disciplines such as social sciences, politics, technology, media, etc, to give critical observation and views towards Indonesian urban contemporary issues. ruangrupa also produce collaborative works in the form of art projects such as exhibition, festival, art lab, workshop, research, as well as publication. As an artists’ collective, ruangrupa has been involved in many collaborative and exchange projects, including participating in big exhibitions. In 2016, ruangrupa curated TRANSaction: Sonsbeek 2016 in Arnhem, NL. In February 2019, ruangrupa was selected as Artistic Direction of documenta 15.

Ade Darmawan lives and works in Jakarta as an artist, curator and director of ruangrupa. He studied at Indonesia Art Institute (ISI), in the Graphic Arts Department. His works range from installation, objects, drawing, digital print, and video. In 2009 he was appointed as artistic director of Jakarta Biennale, for which he served as executive director during its editions in 2013, 2015, and 2017.

Trained as an architect and visiting lecturer in the Architecture Department of Universitas Indonesia, farid rakun wears different hats, dependent on who is asking. As an instigator, he has permeated various global institutions such as Centre Pompidou, La Biennale di Venezia, MMCA Seoul, Sharjah Biennial, Bienal de Sao Paulo, Harun Farocki Institut or the Dutch Art Institute (DAI). He has worked for Jakarta Biennale in different capacities since 2013 and currently serves as its interim director.


October 21, 2019

In the context of the event series Whose Freedom?