© Tintin Wulia, Everything' s OK, 2003 (video still)
Subjective Projections presents
Tintin Wulia at Bielefelder Kunstverein
Opening: September 9, 2011
Exhibition: September 9 – October 13, 2011
Invited by Katerina Valdivia Bruch (Independent curator, Berlin)
Everything’s OK (2003)
Wulia (born 1972 in Denpasar, Bali) is an artist, whose work is a
reflection about borders in a wider sense. She is interested in the
different qualities of borders, such as spatial-geographical borders or
cultural-ethnical borders, and its connection to mechanisms of power.
Accordingly, she also explores the subject of migration in geopolitical
terms. The artist works with objects, such as maps, passports or
official family documents. She creates interactive installations that
comprise a variety of media, such as videos, murals, texts, objects and
performances, and encourages the audience to take active part in them.
the video »Everything's OK«, the city of Jakarta is presented as a
result of uncontrolled growth due to the construction of buildings in
an indiscriminated way, without taking into account the problems that
this expansion might generate. The work has been created for the
OK.Video-Jakarta International Video Festival in 2003.
simple hand – made elements, the artist visually recreates the process
and the effects of urbanisation that happen not only in Jakarta, but
also in a number of cities around the world. Environmental, but also
visual and noise pollution are some of the consequences of unregulated
migration movements to the cities.
The video is a reflection on
a reality in countries with a strong centralised system, in which big
cities offer reduced spaces for nature and for living. The ideal of a
life in harmony with nature becomes a nightmare of mushrooming cities,
where quality of life is seen in terms of money. The title is ironic: a
saturated environment full of cars, scyscrapers, large scale
advertising, noise and a polluted grey sky is overlapped by new layers
of much more of the same, and the process starts all over again.
work has been presented in a number of international exhibitions, such
as the Istanbul Biennial, Yokohama Triennial, Jakarta Biennale, and
currently the 4th Moscow Biennial. Her work has been exhibited at the
Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo (MARCO) in Vigo, Espace Culturel
Louis Vuitton in Paris, Institute of Contemporary Art London, FACT at
Liverpool Biennial, amongst others. She has participated in a number of
festivals, such as the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival or the
International Film Festival Rotterdam. Currently, Tintin is resident
artist of The Global Contemporary – Art Worlds After 1989 at ZKM in Karlsruhe.
Text: Katerina Valdivia Bruch
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