A biennale functions as a dialogue with local and international relevance. The relentless search for the origin of Indonesian art, in the face of the fraught colonial legacy, forms the essential inspiration for Jakarta Biennale 2017.
Jiwa is a force enclosing and separating entities necessary in life. As the underlying theme of the Jakarta Biennale 2017, Jiwa appears in various guises. Motivating imagination and creation in space and time, Jiwa can be understood as the agency embodied in art’s practice and in its appearances.