Farid Rakun and Indra Ameng of the Indonesian artistic and curatorial collective ruangrupa, recently announced as the artistic directors of Documenta 15, join us for a discussion with Charles Esche on their previous projects and collaborative methodologies. Fundamentally interdisciplinary, the group have worked across formats – from exhibitions to workshops, research and publishing.
In association with Afterall.
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 or media, to give critical observations and views towards Indonesian urban contemporary issues. As an artists’ collective, ruangrupa has been involved in many collaborative and exchange projects, including participating in big exhibitions such as Gwangju Biennale (2002 & 2018), Istanbul Biennial (2005), Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, 2012), Singapore Biennale (2011), São Paulo Biennial (2014), Aichi Triennale (Nagoya, 2016) and Cosmopolis at Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2017). In 2016, ruangrupa curated TRANSaction: Sonsbeek 2016 in Arnhem, NL and just recently been appointed to be the first collective Artistic Director of documenta (Kassel, 2022).