Mella Jaarsma & Agus Ongge
Mella Jaarsma (b. 1960, Emmeloord, Netherlands) live in Yogyakarta since 1984, co-founder of Cemeti Art House -now called Cemeti Institute for Art & Society- one of the first spaces for contemporary art in Indonesia, which to this day remains an important platform for young artists and art workers in the country and region. She studied visual art at Minerva Academy in Groningen, Art Institute of Jakarta and Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta.
Mella known with her complex costume installation and focused on the diversity of culture which reflected on their clothes, body and food. Her works have been presented widely in exhibitions and art events in Indonesia and abroad, including: ‘Dunia Dalam Berita’, Macan Museum, Jakarta (2019); The Setouchi Triennale, Japan (2019), the Thailand Biennale (2018); the 20th Sydney Biennale (2016); ‘The Roving Eye’, Arter, Istanbul(2014); ‘Siasat – Jakarta Biennale’, Museum of Ceramics and Fine Arts, Jakarta (2013); ‘Suspended Histories’, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam (2013); ‘Singapore Biennale’, Singapore Art Museum (2011); Yokohama Triennial (2005), and many others. Her work is part of the collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, National Gallery of Australia and the Singapore Art Museum, amongst others.
Agustinus Ongge (b. 1954, Asei Island, Sentani) is an artist working with tree bark since 1981. The present of modern clothing, make the bark cloth craftsmanship on the edge of extinction, so his work then aiming to pass down the indigenous craftsmanship “khombow” to younger generation. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.