EVENT27.05.2023 / 6.30pm7.30pm

Artist’s Talk: Melati Suryodarmo

Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo discusses her first UK solo exhibition, Passionate Pilgrim.

Passionate Pilgrim runs from 17 May to 3 September 2023. Free entry.

This exhibition is supported by Bagri FoundationBritish Council through the Connections Through Culture grants programmeBirmingham City University, University of Leeds, and the Melati Suryodarmo Exhibition Circle: A.I. GalleryShanghART, Tanya Michele Amador and Michiel Verhoeven; and Michelangelo and Lourdes Samson.

It is developed in collaboration with Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), Jakarta, Indonesia.

About the artist

Melati Suryodarmo (b. 1969, Surakarta, Indonesia) is one of Indonesia’s most important living artists. Mentored by renowned Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa and performance artist Marina Abramović, Suryodarmo’s physically demanding performances can last several hours, testing the limits of the human mind and body.

Visually spectacular, her performances are feats of endurance that interrogate notions of time, labour and identity. She has presented her work in international festivals and exhibitions including Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (2022), Museum MACAN, Jakarta (2020 – 21), Singapore Biennale (2016), HKW Berlin (2009), and the Venice Biennale (2003).

Suryodarmo has extensive experience in leading collaborative workshops and festivals in Indonesia, having established Undisclosed Territory in 2007, now run by her artists-run space Studio Plesungan.  

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Event Details

Free, suggested donation £5 

Booking essential

Second Floor Galleries

This is a seated event. Information on Ikon Gallery’s accessibility is available here For additional access enquiries please contact learning@ikon-gallery.org 

A British Sign Language interpreter can be provided. Please contact us at least 10 working days in advance of the event to request a BSL interpreter 


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Image Credits
1. Melati Suryodarmo Portrait B&W Courtesy the Artist 2. Melati Suryodarmo, Exergie-Butter Dance, Performed at VideoBrasil 15, Sao Paolo, Brazil (2005). Photo Isabell Matthaeus, Courtesy of the artist 3. Melati Suryodarmo, I’m a Ghost in My Own House. Performed at Lawangwangi Foundation, Bandung, 2012. Photo courtesy of the artist


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Passionate Pilgrim
In summer 2023, Ikon transforms its galleries into a platform for performance art, with the first UK exhibition by acclaimed Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo (b.1969).   

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