Join us for an afternoon of performance, conversation and Javanese food to mark the closing weekend of Leyla Stevens‘ Their Sea is Always Hungry.
Australian-Javanese artist Kartika Suharto-Martin will perform an iteration of her work Genjer-Genjer, conceived and named for a folk song of resistance and survival from East Java.
Stay for a free in-conversation between the artist, Dr Alexandra Crosby, Associate Head of School, School of Design, UTS; and Dr Ilaria Vanni, Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UTS.
Visitors will be treated to sweet tea and kampung (village) sweets, prepared by Chinese-Indonesian Peranakan artist Jayanto Damanik Tan.
About Kartika Suharto-Martin
Kartika Suharto-Martin is a Sydney based artist and performer of Australian Javanese heritage. Through installation, performance, music and collage she explores personal history, place and identity. Kartika is a member of Woven, a collective of Australian artists with personal connections to Indonesia who have recently exhibited at Casula Powerhouse and Cement Fondu; and is a dancer, singer and performer with Suara Indonesia Dance group, a traditional Indonesian and contemporary dance group. Kartika graduated from UNSW with a BFA in 2015 and currently works as an Educator at Campbelltown Arts Centre.
About Dr Ilaria Vanni
Dr Ilaria Vanni is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS. Her work focuses on the intersections of design practices, social change and place in cities in Italy and Australia. To address how design generates forms of resilience and resistance to complex global issues such as precarity and civic ecologies Ilaria has developed transdisciplinary methodologies that draw on activist, historical, ethnographic and place-based methods.
About Alexandra Crosby
Alexandra Crosby is the Associate Head of School of Design at UTS. With a background in visual communication and the ethnographic methods of International Studies, her current research identifies emerging design practices in Indonesia. She also works with Dr Ilaria Vanni in the transdisciplinary research studio Mapping Edges.
About Jayanto Damanik Tan
Jayanto Damanik Tan is an emerging visual artist who was born and raised in North Sumatra, Indonesia. As a Chinese-Indonesian Peranakan immigrant living in Sydney, his practice blends Eastern and Western mythologies with the reality of current events. He draws on identity politics of diaspora finding ways to express personal experiences of ‘otherness’ through interactive performance installation and drawing. His practice offers a sentiment of mixed spirituality and sharing demonstrates the diverse culture bringing the timeless wisdom of meditation to a contemporary world.