Jompet .Third Realm


Opening:      (Friday) 19 November 2010; 7pm

Exhibition:   20 November 2010 – 16 Janruary 2011

Curator:        Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya

Venue:          Gallery A, Para/Site Art Space, G/F, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Para/Site Art Space is honoured to present Jompet. Third Realm, a new project developed by Jompet Kuswidananto in collaboration with theatre director Yudi Ahmad Tajudin. The history of Indonesian culture, as part of the Third World and former colonized countries, can be read as narratives of a nation that is perpetually in an “in-between” situation or state of transition. From pre-colonial to colonial periods, colonial to post-colonial, agrarian culture to industrial one, from industrial to post-industrial, from rural culture and cosmology to the urban ones.

The history of Indonesian culture is an “in-between” cultural history. A culture that is located between two cultural spaces: between the traditional and the modern, the original and the alien, the inside and the outside, the high brow and the low brow. It never (again?) stays and grows inside one cultural space that is specific and sharply different from another specific culture. It builds on a mix (and excess) of cultures. Its “body” is constituted by many different cultural layers.

As a cultural entity Indonesia is never singular, but the in-betweeness and the transitional conditions have become the overarching and constructing frame covering all the (sub)cultures within.

The exhibition revolves around a physical roof that transforms the gallery space into an installation that includes video, sculpture and performance. Jompet Kuswidananto and  Yudi Ahmad Tajudin explain that “the “space” under the roof is constructed by a constantly shifting and changing milieu of ideas, events, performances and meanings. The space of “in-between”, where issues about origins, influences and identity could be discussed simultaneously without privileging one over the other. In Java’s case: where one can be a Muslim (or any other religion) and a Javanese at the same time; local and global; modern and traditional. Where one is something in-between different things.”

A performance will be conducted on the opening night, 19th November at 7 pm

In conjunction to this exhibition Para/Site Art Space presents Recorded Waves: Moving Images from Indonesia, a videoprogramme curated by Katerina Valdivia Bruch including 12 artists from this country.

About Jompet Kuswidananto

Jompet Kuswidananto was born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 1976. He trained as a musician, but practices in the Contemporary Art field, and has a strong interest in theater. He has exhibited in  “Modernization & Urbanization” at Marronnier Art Center, Seoul (2003); 3rd Fukuoka Art Triennale (2005), Equatorial Rhythms at Stenersenmuseet, Oslo (2007); Yokohama Triennale (2008); Jakarta Biennale XIII (2009); 10e Biennale de Lyon (2009), Kuandu Biennial (2010) and “The Tradition of the New” at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (2010). He has had solo shows at Osage Gallery (2009, 2010) and Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta (2008).

About Yudi Ahmad Tajudin

Yudi Ahmad Tajudin was born in 1972 in the town Tanjung Priok, Indonesia. He is a theatre director and founder of Teater Garasi. He lives and works in Yogyakarta.

About Para/ Site

Para/Site Art Space is a contemporary art space located in Hong Kong Island and founded in 1996. We host an ambitious programme of exhibitions, screenings, talks and events that bring into Hong Kong some of the leading practitioners in the international arena, encourage the visibility of artists from Hong Kong, and facilitate East-West dialogue. We have a satellite venue located at Hanart TZ Gallery which showcases a younger generation of artists.

Para/Site Art Space has organized the official representation of Hong Kong in Venice Biennial in years 2003 and 2009, has also participated in Gwangju Biennial, Guangzhou Triennial, among others. Para/Site Art Space exhibitions and programmes have traveled to Germany, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia.

Para/Site Art Space is run by a Executive Director/Curator, a Manager, a Programme Coordinator and an Education and Development Officer and governed by a board of directors. Para/Site is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council as well as vital contributions from patrons and Founding Friends of Para/Site.

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Dominique Chiu


Tel: +852 2517 4620


One Response to “JOMPET. THIRD REALM”

  1. Hong Kong – Archiving adventures « Rachel Marsden's Words Says:

    […] and said I would definitely come and see his gallery when I was in Hong Kong. On display was ‘Jompet – Third Realm’, a new project by Indonesian artist Jompet Kuswidananto and theatre Director Yudi Ahmad Tajudin, […]

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