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Melati Suryodarmo in UK

Melati Suryodarmo, Exergie, Butter dance
by Alain Chivilò

© Alain Chivilò


Indonesian artist Melati Suryodarmo in a major exhibition, from 17 May until 3 September 2023, at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.
In the two floors of the host space, live performances by Suryodarmo and delegated works performed by over 50 associated artists and community activists have been scheduled.
As indicated by the artist: “The world that inspires me to move my thoughts is the world inside me. The body becomes like a home which functions as container of memories, living organism. The system inside the psychological body that changes all the time has enriched my idea to develop new structures of attitude and thoughts. I try to perceive my surroundings as the fact of the real presence of now, but considering the path of its history. I try to understand the language that are not spoken, and opens the door of perceptions. I respect the freedom in our minds to perceive things coming through our individual sensory register system. Crossing the boundaries of cultural and political encounters has been a challenge that stimulates me discovering new identification. An effort to find identity is yet a dangerous act of losing the ground of origin. For me, the process of making artwork is a life long research that never stops me to put myself inside the metamorphic constellation. I intend to touch the fluid border between the body and its environment through my art works. I aim to create a concentrated level of intensity without the use of narrative structures. Talking about politics, society or psychology makes no sense to me if the nerves are not able to digest the information. I love it when a performance reaches a level of factual absurdity”.
Ikon becomes the Melati Suryodarmo’s land bringing, as her artistic path, the performance to be conceptual becoming contemporary in issues that always need to be explored. Representing themes and social aspects through the body and a place become hidden elements for the performances.
For your agenda, live performances from the artist on Friday 19 and Sunday 28 May 2023.

by Alain Chivilò