About the part that art plays in a globalising society

Framer Framed

25 Jun 2023
15:00 - 18:00

Roundtable Conversation: Tanah Merdeka

Join us for the first public program of Tanah Merdeka on 25 June, a roundtable conversation with researchers and curators from different art museums and institutions. Within the context of the exhibition and Taring Padi’s practice, we explore and discuss ideas around co-creation, co-collection, co-authorship and co-ownership.

Taring Padi’s works are mostly produced collaboratively in open workshops with communities and within specific cultural and political contexts. For the exhibition Tanah Merdeka (2023) at Framer Framed, Taring Padi have co-created a variety of new artworks that convey local socio-political issues in Brazil, Indonesia and the Netherlands. These include large-scale banners, woodcut prints and wayang kardus displayed in the space.

This conversation wishes to invoke thoughts and cultivate potential knowledge on artistic practices which takes into consideration the divergent aesthetics, affects and political engines that drive a creation in/with collectives. In the first part of the conversation, members of Taring Padi will share their process of creating banners, wayang kardus, woodcut prints etc. as forms of solidarity and social justice, using their recent residency experience in Brazil with Casa do Povo and MST as an example.

In the second part of the conversation, we invite curators and researchers working in art spaces and museums to respond to the works of Taring Padi by bringing in ideas of community, collaboration, co-creation, co-collection within the discourse of contemporary art as well as in relation to broader social-political debates. Together we will discuss how these notions might mean for future practices concerning authorship and ownership within art institutions.

Retomar Nossa Terra (2023) by Taring Padi, Casa do Povo, MST and Framer Framed. Photo: Maarten Nauw / Framer Framed


15:00 – 15:10 Introduction
15:10 – 15:25 Taring Padi
15:25 – 15:40 First Discussion and Q&A
15:40 – 16:00 Horikawa Lisa
16:00 – 16:20 Josh Milani
16:20 – 16:40 Tanja Boon
16:40 – 17:00 iLiana Fokianaki
17:00 – 17:30 Second Discussion and Q&A
17.30 – 18.00 Drinks


Alexander Supartono is one of the founding members of Taring Padi, a collective of artists from Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Horikawa Lisa is overseeing the strategic development and sustainable promotion of collections including artworks and archives at the National Gallery, Singapore.

Josh Milani is director of Milani Gallery, Meanjin/Brisbane.

Tanja Boon is curator at S.M.A.K., Gent.

iLiana Fokianaki is a curator and founder of State of Concept Athens.


Wayne Modest is Director of Content of the National Museum of World Cultures and professor (by special appointment) of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

Image: Taring Padi. Detail of Lukisan tokoh masyarakat adar (2012). Courtesy of Artist.

The exhibition Tanah Merdeka is supported by Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Gemeente Amsterdam and VriendenLoterij Fonds.

Indonesia / Collectives / Colonial history / Art and Activism /


Exhibition: Tanah Merdeka

An exhibition with the Indonesian art & activist collective, Taring Padi, reflecting on the concept of land as the object and site of decolonial struggles.


Opening: Tanah Merdeka
Opening of the exhibition Tanah Merdeka with works by the Indonesian art collective Taring Padi and collaborators.


Tanja Boon


Josh Milani


Horikawa Lisa


Alexander Supartono

Art Historian

Taring Padi

iliana fokianaki

iLiana Fokianaki

Curator, theorist and educator

Wayne Modest

Head of the Research Center of Material Culture

Muhammad 'Ucup' Yusuf


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