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Time for Documenta 15

Documenta Fifteen, Kassel 2022, is ready. At the moment it is very hard to find as it can be in its complexity. Starting from the main word from Indonesia lumbung, used to explain the event, terms such as solidarity and friendship are planned inside every artistic expression present. Also the artists adhere to common values that create the 2022 edition of documenta.
As communicated, documenta fifteen takes place from June 18 to September 25, 2022, through art direction by ruangrupa in Kassel.
The Jakarta-based artists’ collective has built the foundation of documenta’s fifteenth edition on the core values and ideas of lumbung, the Indonesian term for a communal rice barn.
lumbung as an artistic and economic model is rooted in principles such as collectivity, communal resource sharing and equal allocation and is embodied in all parts of the collaboration and the exhibition.
lumbung is the concrete practice adopted by ruangrupa and the Artistic Team, lumbung members and lumbung artists and all participants on the path towards documenta fifteen in 2022 and beyond.
lumbung is the Indonesian word for a communal rice-barn, where the surplus harvest is stored for the benefit of the community. lumbung is the concrete practice adopted on the path towards documenta fifteen in 2022 and beyond. Here, lumbung is to be understood as a kind of pooled collective resource based on the principle of communality. It combines ideas, knowledge, human resources, funding and other shareable resources and builds on specific values, rituals and organizational principles. At the heart of lumbung is the envisioning and development of these collective, shared resources for new sustainability models and cultural practices. These are supported through residency programs, meetings, public activities and the development of related tools.
The basic principles of the process are providing space to gather and explore ideas, collective decision making, non-centralization, and interplay between formalities and informalities. lumbung is based on common values shared by all participants: Local Anchor, Humor, Generosity, Independence, Transparency, Sufficiency and Regeneration.
In 2018 ruangrupa wrote: “We want to create a globally oriented, collaborative and interdisciplinary art and culture platform that will remain effective beyond the 100 days of documenta fifteen. Our curatorial approach strives for a different kind of collaborative model of resource use — in economic terms but also with regard to ideas, knowledge, programs and innovations”.
ruangrupa is a collective founded in 2000 and based in Jakarta, Indonesia. As a non-profit organization, ruangrupa promotes artistic ideas within urban and cultural contexts through the involvement of artists and other disciplines such as the social sciences, politics, technology or the media to open up critical reflections and perspectives on contemporary urban problems in Indonesia.
The Indonesian word “ruangrupa” loosely translates as “art space” or “spatial form.” ruangrupa also organizes community art projects such as exhibitions, festivals, art labs, workshops, research projects, and produces books, magazines and online publications.
ruangrupa’s work is based on a holistic social, spatial and personal practice that is strongly rooted in Indonesian culture, where friendship, solidarity and community are of central importance.

documenta fifteen

June 18 – September 25, 2022

Artistic Direction by ruangrupa
Artistic Team: Andrea Linnenkohl, Ayşe Güleç, Frederikke Hansen, Gertrude Flentge, Lara Khaldi.

lumbung members: Britto Arts Trust (Bangladesh Standard Time), FAFSWAG (Aotearoa Time), Fondation Festival Sur Le Niger (Universal Time Coordinated), Gudskul (Waktu Indonesia Barat), INLAND (Central European Time), Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt (Cuba Standard Time), Jatiwangi art Factory (Waktu Indonesia Barat), Más Arte Más Acción (Colombia Time), OFF-Biennale Budapest (Central European Time), Project Art Works (Western European Time), The Question of Funding (Eastern European Time), Trampoline House (Central European Time), Wajukuu Art Project (East African Time), ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (Central European Time).

Main Documenta Fifteen venues:
documenta Halle, Du-Ry-Straße 1, 34117 Kassel
Fridericianum, Friedrichsplatz 18, 34117 Kassel
Grimmwelt Kassel, Weinbergstraße 21, 34117 Kassel
Hallenbad Ost, Leipziger Straße 99, 34123 Kassel
Hübner areal, Agathofstraße 15, 34123 Kassel
Museum for Sepulchral Culture, Weinbergstraße 25–27, 34117 Kassel
Museum of Natural History Ottoneum, Steinweg 2, 34117 Kassel
ruruHaus, Obere Königsstraße 43, 34117 Kassel
WH22, Werner-Hilpert-Straße 22, 34117 Kassel

by Alain Chivilò