Ikon screens a pre-recorded performance by Marintan Sirait 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).
Ikon Gallery is open late for this screening, with an opportunity to see the full exhibition.
Panel Discussion: Melati Suryodarmo and Present to Presence artists
Sunday 4 June, 6.30pm–7.30pm
Free, booking essential
About the artist
Marintan Sirait (b. 1960, Braunschweig, Germany) is an Indonesian visual and performance artist with an interest in the inter-relational processes between somatic practice, natural science, philosophy and culture. Sirait’s works are based on performance and installation; they are largely site-specific, and often involve collaborators and audience participation, practicing dance and diverse body movements as an expression of unspoken language. Together with art students and young artists from diverse backgrounds, she has initiated groups such as Perengkel Jahe, Sumber Waras and Bunyi-Gerak-Rupa to find new vocabularies in art and providing a space for dialogue on various socio-political issues in the 1980s.
This exhibition is supported by Bagri Foundation, British Council through the Connections Through Culture grants programme, Birmingham City University, University of Leeds, and the Melati Suryodarmo Exhibition Circle: A.I. Gallery; ShanghART, 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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Image 4 – 7: Marintan Sirait, Long Distance Call From Home (2012), installation & performance in collaboration with Bintang Manira Manik. Performed at Undisclosed Territory, Solo, Indonesia. Photo credit: Tiarma Sirait.