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Ubud Rebirth 2018

HIGHLIGHT on Art & Exhibition: A three-day forum that plans to create a platform to join forces between public and private organizations, and institutions that engage in a daily practice of sustainability in different areas, from energy to food, from production to intercultural dialogue, from design to agriculture, from culture to health, etc.

The forum, which will accommodate one hundred people selected for their expertise and activities in the local area, take place at Kayu, Lucie Fontaine’s branch in Bali, at Setiadarma Rumah Topeng dan Wayang in Mas, Ubud.

In particular, the guests will be invited to discuss and share their activities carried Ubud The Great Archipelago 20aout on the territory (Indonesia), on ten themes inspired by the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the member states of the United Nations have set out to include in their political agenda in the next fifteen years: the themes emerge from a mapping exercise carried out by the organizers as a preliminary activity.

The event aims to raise awareness on the issue of sustainability by creating a network of people active in the area and propose new dynamics to enrich society and place Bali as an example of a sustainable and intercultural country.

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Entitled “The Great Archipelago”, the exhibition is inspired by the work of Michelangelo Pistoletto and reflects on the Ubud The Great Archipelago 3aconcept of the table as a domestic object and as a symbol of union.

The collective exhibition is presented by 12 international artists. The exhibition shows 11 tables designed and produced by invited artists, which are Arahmaiani, Dora Budor, Ashley Bickerton, Marco Cassani, Rafram Chaddad + Rikrit Tiravanija, Fendry Ekel, Michal Helfman, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Rochelle Goldberg, Filippo Sciascia, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles. Out of 11 tables, 10 will host one hundred participating guests, ten for each table, during the three-day event.

The title of the exhibition refers to Michelangelo Pistoletto’s artwork, “Il Grande Arcipelago” (The Great Archipelago). Pistoletto designed specifically a mirrored table for the occasion and it is produced in Indonesia.

The table represents the sea that touches Indonesia and it is part of the mirrored table series that Pistoletto made for symbolizing the sea as the melting point of different culture. After the conclusion of the forum all the tables will be exhibited at Kayu, for the duration of the exhibition.

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This event, both forum and the exhibition, organized by the Embassy of Italy, and the Italian Cultural Institute, Jakarta, is an event in the framework of the Festival “Vivere all’Italiana”, the Festival of Italian Way of Life. It is an innovative integrated promotion, which is a strategic component of the foreign policy to foster dialogue, innovation and social and economic growth. With the evocative name of “Vivere all’Italiana”, we want to emphasize the intention of combining beauty and poetry with every dimension of life, creation and production. “Vivere all’Italiana”, initiated, designed and developed by the Italian Foreign Ministry in conjunction with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism and the Ministry of Education, and with the cooperation of the Società Dante Alighieri and Rai, brings out to the Indonesian society the finest Made in Italy in every field with the aim of enhancing the dialogue between Indonesia and Italy.

The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute realize this event in collaboration with Fondazione Pistoletto, Cittadellarte, Kayu Lucie Fontaine, Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets and Italian Honorary Consulate in Bali. Picture below was during the press conference at the Italian Cultural Institute in Jakarta on 12 October 2018.

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He represents one of the most important contemporary artists of Italy and in the world. One of the greatest exponents of the Arte Povera movement, Pistoletto has been one of the first artists to integrate space, the public and society in the work and vice versa.

In 1998, the artist founded Cittadellarte, an innovative model of artistic and cultural institution that involves art in the various sectors of society as an enzyme transformer founded on the binomial freedom/responsibility.

Headquartered in Biella, Italy, Cittadellarte and Pistoletto create the Third Paradise Ubud The Great Archipelago 10b(2002), an ambitious project that empowers art and social practice. The Third Paradise is the third phase of humanity, which is realized in the balanced connection between artifice and nature.

The Third Paradise is the great myth that leads everyone to assume a personal responsibility in the global vision. Cittadellarte and Michelangelo Pistoletto promote the symbol of the Third Paradise around the world, to have it reinvented in hundreds of installations made by different communities. The symbol emerges as result of a shared project that includes actions with the community reflecting the main issues the symbol represents.

The ultimate goal of the Forum is to share guidelines and establish an annual program as an agreement between participants, in order to have them working in their own field, but with the curiosity of crossing bridges, cross over into other areas so to bring more relevance, efficiency and quality to their own practice.

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As stated by Michelangelo Pistoletto himself that the material for making art is not just canvas, wood or marble – but society itself, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with Fondazione Pistoletto, Cittadellarte, Kayu Lucie Fontaine, Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets and Italian Honorary Consulate in Bali embrace this social engagement also by reflecting the local context, which is the motto of Indonesia “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” (Unity in Diversity”). Indonesia as the largest archipelago in the world consists of multiple cultures, ethnics, languages and religions. This complex ecosystem finds its balance in the aforementioned motto of the country.

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Bali is an international platform for cultural exchanges and tourism (the main economic source of livelihood of the island) that organically merge with the traditional Balinese daily life. Bali, in addition to living the dichotomy of its past and present, is an example of how art through religious practice, is integrated into all aspects of Balinese social life. In that context Kayu exists, which host the event and the exhibition.

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Kayu is Lucie Fontaine’s branch in Indonesia. It was initiated by Marco Cassani (artist) and Nicola Trezzi (director and chief curator of Center of Contemporary Art Tel Aviv) in 2014 in Bali. Kayu is an ongoing project, in which Italian Bali-based artist Marco Cassani expands his interests of his artistic practice, in collaborating with artists, in arranging and displaying artworks, in creating concepts and in reflecting upon the concept of power embodied through the host-and- guest relation.

Kayu is located inside one of the antique joglos (Javanese wooden houses) which is part of The House of Mask and Puppets Setiadarma in Bali, Kayu conceives, produces, commissions, organizes and presents solo and group exhibitions by contemporary artists from Indonesia and elsewhere.

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Kayu’s mission is based on three main strategies. The first one is to invite artists to create works specifically for the space, for the site and for the context, often in collaboration with local artisans and with companies based in Bali; this strategy has been employed in Kayu’s projects with Luigi Ontani, Radu Comșa, Patrizio Di Massimo and Anthea Hamilton. The second strategy is to create playful juxtapositions: between Kayu, a contemporary art space, and its location, The House of Masks and Puppets Setiadarma; between artists based in Indonesia and elsewhere; between what is artistic and what is domestic. The third one is to establish new ways of working with artists and new ways of displaying works of art.

Courtesy Kayu Lucie Fontaine
Photo by Evelyn Pritt
Photo by Cyril Saulnier

Venue: Rumah Topeng dan Wayang Setiadarma, Ubud (Bali)
Date: 2nd ~ 3rd November, 2018