By Eugenia Bertelè
The prominent contemporary art fair in Indonesia, Art Jakarta 2018, has its 10th birthday this summer: it serves as a platform for the development of the local art market and the exploration of new talents. It embraces all stakeholders, from galleries, collectors, and art enthusiasts to artists. Showing in the central business district and luxury shopping center, Pacific Place at the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta from August 2 to 5th 2018, Art Jakarta is the occasion to discover the Indonesian art scene in a unique 7.500 sqm and lifestyle eventSince 2009, Art Jakarta is an art event organized by MRA Media, a business group focused in life-style and communication. Indonesia is an emergent market with a huge potential. A new middle class has grown of some twenty million citizens, whom over 50% are under 30. These contemporary consumers love fashion, art, and major international brands. In 2017 over 47.000 people visited the fair with 80% of works sold according to Art Jakarta press releases. For the forthcoming edition, Art Jakarta will host many interesting creativity programs in collaboration with local and international partners, such as art activities within the mall, creative art performances, special projects with artists, creative art talks and workshop classes. The Indonesian Government’s support opens opportunities for young artists to showcase their works at the fair and be discovered by the public at large. With 53 exhibitors (traditional art galleries, art advisors, brokers) coming from Belgium, Colombia, Korea, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Russia, Taiwan, Art Jakarta presents a strong line up of national and international artists. The main atrium will host a gigantic installation of Faisal Habibi (Indonesia, 1984), a young artist known for his investigation about relationships with the designed world. The fair also will feature a special installation project to celebrate its 10 anniversary created by 10 Indonesian artists (Agus Suwage, Syagini Ratnawulan, Yani Mariani, Kemal Ezedine, Bagus Pandega, Hahan, Chinati Juhansyah, Eddie Sutanto, Heri Dono and Tere. Other special pieces are from Indonesian artist Ay Tjoe Christine and Spanish Fernando Botero.
As a way to be connected with the younger market, Art Jakarta 2018 created a segment called Art Gram, in order to capture public interest via social networks. More precisely, five personalities – among fashion designers, chefs, illustrators and travellers – have been chosen as ‘influencers’ for their inspiring Instagram accounts with a strong touch of art. Moreover, Art Jakarta supports emerging artists through BEKRAF, Indonesia’s Creative Industries Agency.
Its motto is “For Indonesians, by Indonesians”.
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