Arahmaiani

Do Not Prevent the Fertility of the Mind, 1997-2014
feminine napkins, fluorescent lights, wooden stool, glass vial, blood, and photograph
108 x 144 x 22 in. (274 x 366 x 56 cm)
Etalase, 1994-2014
glass and wood vitrine and found objects
42 1//2 x 71 x 28 in. (108 x 457 x 71 cm)
Sacred Coke, 1994-2014
wooden table, organic rice, soil, Coca-Cola bottle, and condom
40 1/2 x 41 x 41 (102.5 x 457 x 71 cm)
Lingga-Yoni, 2013
acrylic and rice paper on canvas
55 x 47 in. (140 x 120 cm)
Jawi, 2013
acrylic on canvas
55 x 47 in. (140 x 120 cm)
Confluence 1, 2010
acrylic on canvas
diptych: 55 x 94 in. (140 x 240 cm)
reflections of a nomad dreamer, 2013
handmade book
7 x 7 x 3/4 in. (18 x 18 x 2 cm)
Installation view of "Fertility of the Mind" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
January 9 - February 22, 2014
Installation view of "Fertility of the Mind" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
January 9 - February 22, 2014
Installation view of "Fertility of the Mind" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
January 9 - February 22, 2014
Installation view of "Fertility of the Mind" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
January 9 - February 22, 2014
Installation view of "Fertility of the Mind" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
January 9 - February 22, 2014
Installation view of "Fertility of the Mind" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
January 9 - February 22, 2014
Memory of Nature, 2013
Performance
Flag, 2010
Performance
Mount Merapi, Indonesia
I Love You, 2011
Installation, Richmond Center for the Arts
Kalamazoo, MI, USA
My Grandma House, 2010
Installation, Museum Bochum
Bochum, Germany
Sonam, 2012
acrylic on canvas
diptych: 79 x 142 in. (200 x 360 cm)
Sri 2, 2011
acrylic on canvas
diptych: 55 x 39 in and 55 x 47 in. (140 x 100 cm and 140 x 120 cm)
Confluence 4, 2010
acrylic on canvas
diptych: 55 x 94 in (140 x 240 cm)
Confluence 2, 2010
acrylic on canvas
diptych: 55 x 94 in. (140 x 240 cm)
Handle Without Care, 2008
Performance
Produk Gertoli, 2008
Performance
Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Dialogue, 2006
Performance
Breaking Words, 2006
Performance
Tokyo, Toyama, Japan
Learning to swing, 2005
Performance, Valentine Willie Gallery
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
It's Me, 2005
Performance
Soho Baby, 2004
Performance, Second Dadao Live Art Festival
Beijing, China
Breaking Words, 2004
Performance, Nagano Expo
Nagano, Japan
Lapen Wedding, 2004
Performance, Kedai Kebun Forum
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
His-Story, 2004
Performance
11 June 2002, 2003
Performance, Venice Biennale
Venice, Italy
His-Story, 2003
Performance
His-Story, 2000
Performance
Locations in Werkleitz, Dresden, Jakarta, Taipei, Nagano, Nagoya, and Tokyo
I love You (Social Sculpture after Joseph Beuys), 2009
Installation
Esplanade, Singapore
Why Not, 2008
Installation
Flag Project, 2008
Installation
Balance, 2007
Installation
Germany
Stitching the Wounds, 2006
Installation, Jim Thompson Gallery
Bangkok, Thailand
Nation for Sale, 2006
Installation
I don't want to be part of your legend, 2004
video
11:34 min
Confluence 3, 2009
acrylic on canvas
diptych: 55 x 33.5 in. and 55 x 47 in. (140 x 85 cm and 140 x 120 cm)
Sri 1, 2009
acrylic on canvas
diptych: 55 x 39 in. and 55 x 47 in. (140 x 100 cm and 140 x 120 cm)
Marie, 2009
Woman 1, 2009
Lelaki, 2009
Perempuan, 2009
Untitled, 2008
acrylic on canvas
Mei-Mei, 2008
Hot Date, 2008
Sliding Down, 2009
Viva Globalisasi, 2008
Viva Kapital, 2008
Privatisasi, 2008
Stimulus Package, 2008
Free Market Indonesia, 2008
Free Fall, 2008
Beyond Good and Evil 6, 2008
Beyond Good and Evil 5, 2008
Beyond Good and Evil 4, 2007
Beyond Good and Evil 3, 2007
Beyond Good and Evil 2, 2007
Beyond Good and Evil 1, 2007
Beyond Good and Evil 0 (North and South Star), 2003
Boom!, 2003
Burning Body, Burning Country, 1998
Performance, Musée de Castieva
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Burning Body, Burning Country, 1999
Performance, Cultural Center Philippines (CCP)
Manila, Philippines
Handle Without Care, 1996
Performance
Brisbane, Australia
Offerings from A-Z, 1996
Performance, Padaeng Cemetery
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Four Faces, 1993
Performance, Biennal IX
Jakarta, Indonesia
Etalase, 1994
Installation with found objects
37 3/8 x 57 5/8 x 25 3/4 inches (95 x 146.5 x 65.5 cm)
Do Not Prevent the Fertility of the Mind, 1997
Installation with photograph, sanitary napkins, fluorescent lights, stool, and plastic sheet
Do Not Prevent the Fertility of the Mind
Installation detail
White Cases, 1997
Installation, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Tokyo, Japan and Hiroshima, Japan
Nation for Sale, 1996
Installation, Asia-Pacific Triennial
Brisbane, Australia
Coke Circle, 1996
Installation, Claremont Art School
Perth, Australia
Sacred Coke, 1993
wooden table, organic rice, soil, Coca-Cola bottle, and condom
Lingga-Yoni, 1993
acrylic on canvas
71 5/8 x 55 1/8 in. (182 x 140 cm)
The Flower, 1982
Performance
Newspaperman, 1982
Performance
Bandung, Indonesia
Accident, 1980
Performance
Bandung, Indonesia

Arahmaiani is one of Indonesia’s most respected and iconic contemporary artists, and her work is internationally recognized for its powerful and provocative commentaries on social and cultural issues. In the 1980s and ’90s, she established herself as a pioneer in the field of performance art in Southeast Asia, although her practice also incorporates a wide variety of media, including video, installation, painting, drawing, and sculpture. Since her first exhibition in 1980, her work has been included in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions around the world. In early 2014, Tyler Rollins Fine Art presented Arahmaiani’s first solo exhibition in the United States, titled Fertility of the Mind. The exhibition featured the first survey of the artist’s 30 years of performance work, and also included key installations from the 1990s, selected paintings, and her seminal 2004 video, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Legend. The exhibition mapped the evolving meditations of an artist whose prolific life of activism and artistic practice has been steadfast in its relentless probing of social and political issues.

Arahmaiani was included in the landmark 1996 exhibition, Traditions/Tensions, at Asia Society in New York City, with multimedia work that explored themes of sexuality and spirituality in contemporary culture. In 2007, she returned to New York as part of the acclaimed group exhibition, Global Feminisms, at the Brooklyn Museum. Since 2010, a particular focus of her work has been on environmental issues in the Tibetan plateau region, where she has been actively collaborating with local monks and villagers to foster environmental preservation. She developed a new performance work related to this project, entitled Memory of Nature, which incorporates Tibetan cultural influences with her characteristic flag ceremonies.

In 2013, her work was featured in the group exhibitions, Suspended Histories, at the Museum Van Loon in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (October 5 – January 23, 2014), and Women in Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012, at the Mie Prefectural Art Museum in Japan (April 13 – June 23, 2013). Since the 1980s, Arahmaiani’s work has been exhibited widely in museums and biennials throughout the world, from Asia to the Americas, Australia, and Europe, including the Venice Biennale (2003); Biennale of the Moving Image, Geneva (2003); Gwangju Biennale (2002); Bienal de São Paulo (2002), Performance Biennale, Israel (2001); Biennale de Lyon (2000); Werkleitz Biennale (2000); Bienal de la Habana (1997); Asia Pacific Triennial (1996); Yogya Biennial, (1994).