EVENT02.06.2023 / 12.00pm12.40pm

Kelvin Atmadibrata

Present to Presence - Performance Art Laboratory

Kelvin Atmadibrata performs in Present to Presence, a performance art laboratory including Indonesian and UK-based artists. Presented as part of Melati Suryodarmo’s exhibition Passionate Pilgrim (17 May – 3 September 2023).


Panel Discussion: Melati Suryodarmo and Present to Presence artists
Sunday 4 June, 6.30pm–7.30pm
Free, booking essential
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About the artist 

Kelvin Atmadibrata (b. 1988, Jakarta, Indonesia) recruits superpowers awakened by puberty and adolescent fantasy. Equipped with shōnen characters, kōhai hierarchy and macho ero-kawaii, he often personifies power and strength into partially canon and fan-fiction anti-heroes to contest the masculine meta and erotica of Southeast Asia. Atmadibrata works primarily with performance, often accompanied by and translated into drawings, mixed media collages and objects compiled as installations.

Atmadibrata graduated with Bachelor of Fine Art (Interactive Media) from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media in Singapore and is a recent Master of Art (Performance) graduate from the Royal College of Art. He currently lives and works in London, UK. 

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.

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Second Floor Galleries

Free entry, donations welcome.

No need to book, just drop in.

Seating available.

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Ikon Gallery

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Image Credits

Image 1: Kelvin Atmadibrata, I’ll be a good boy (2019). Performed at Athens Festival of Queer Performance at fac_research, Athens, Greece. Photo credit: AFQP. Courtesy of the artist.

Image 2: Kelvin Atmadibrata, Forcing Hyacinth (2019). Peformed at Starptelpa: Riga Performance Festival at RISEBA H2O 6, Riga, Latvia. Photo credit: Lučana Logina. Courtesy of the artist.

Image 3: Kelvin Atmadibrata, If you had been here, he wouldn’t have died (2015). Performed at MAPFest at St. Paul’s Hill, Melaka, Malaysia. Photo credit: Ridzuan Rashid. Courtesy of the artist.

Image 4: Kelvin Atmadibrata, Le avions de papier (2016) Performed with Ivan Tan Eng Hong, Performance Art Resource Orchestrator at Zach Collaboratives, Singapore. Photo credit Aziz Amri. Courtesy of the artist.



Events/Talk04.06.2023 / 6.30pm7.30pm
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Melati Suryodarmo and Present to Presence artists 
Panel Discussion
Join Melati Suryodarmo and artists who have participated in the Present to Presence performance art laboratory for a panel discussion, during which they discuss their experience of taking part in the project and their concluding performances.  
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