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Jumaadi – Voice Against Reason, Museum MACAN, Jakarta

November 1, 2023

Jumaadi’s work will be featured in Voice Against Reason, a major group exhibition at at Museum Macan, Jakarta. The exhibition takes place from 18 November, 2023 to 14 April, 2024.  As part of the exhibition program, Jumaadi will be debuting “Sirkus di Tanah Pengasingan: Oyong-oyong Ayang-ayang” (Shadows from the Land of Exiles), a collaboration with the Shadow Factory. The shadow play is adapted from the remarkable story of 823 Indonesian nationalist activists who were exiled to Boven Digoel, Papua, in 1926 by the Dutch East Indies government. In the face of adversity, these individuals turned to music and art as a means of sustenance.

Voice Against Reason is a major group exhibition that includes 24 artists from Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. It features newly commissioned works, recent projects by leading contemporary artists, as well as contemporary works in dialogue with historical art from the Indonesian modern period.

Participating artists including Bagus Pandega; Nadiah Bamadhaj; Chang En Man; Heman Chong; Griya Seni Hj Kustiyah Edhi Sunarso, Hyphen—, Tom Nicholson with Ary “Jimged” Sendy, Aufa R. Triangga, Nasikin Ahmad; Emiria Soenassa; Galih Johar; Shilpa Gupta; I Ketut Muja; I Wayan Jana; Ika Arista; Jumaadi; Khadim Ali; Meiro Koizumi; Natasha Tontey; Tuan Andrew Nguyen; Mumtaz Khan Chopan, Ali Froghi, and Hassan Ati; Rega Ayundya Putri; S. Sudjojono; Khaled Sabsabi; Kamruzzaman Shadhin; Sikarnt Skoolisariyaporn; Amin Taasha; and The Shadow Factory.

What does it mean to speak up or speak out? Voice Against Reason delves into these questions. It intricately weaves fragile temporalities that link personal narratives, historical contexts, and political themes to geography, all through the perspectives of leading contemporary artists.

Voice Against Reason is more than just an exhibition. It’s a project that includes newly commissioned artworks and performances, supplemented by a series of thought-provoking talks, lectures, and public programs. These events, planned to unfold throughout the exhibition period, are designed to deepen the audience’s engagement with the art and the themes it explores.

Voice Against Reason is organized by Museum MACAN with co-curatorial support from Putra Hidayatullah and Rizki Lazuardi.

Exhibition Details:
18 November, 2023 – 14 April, 2024.
Tuesday–Sunday: 10.00–18.00

Museum MACAN
AKR Tower Level M
Jalan Panjang No. 5 Kebon Jeruk
Jakarta Barat 11530, Indonesia

Image: Jumaadi and the Shadow Factory, Sirkus di Tanah Pengasingan: Oyong-oyong Ayang-ayang, 2023, performance. Image via Museum Macan