Entang Wiharso’s “Borderless: Floating Island,” 2011, an installation presented in his solo show “untold stories” in Berlin in summer 2012.
This year at this summer's Venice Biennale, Indonesia has been welcomed back after a several year leave; and what an IMPACT they will have. 'Sakti' is the theme of the Indonesian tent --
"In Sanskrit, sakti refers to the
primordial cosmic energy and the personification of divine, feminine
creative energy, as well as indicating change and liberation. Of Hindu
origin, in Indonesia the concept of sakti was quickly integrated into
local cosmology, becoming associated with such mythical figures as the
rice goddess Dewi Sri and the South Sea Queen, and with certain objects
like the keris (dagger). Given Indonesia’s 700 living languages, the
idea of sakti can be denoted by other words, but the meaning is almost
always the same: a strong creative energy, divine and indestructible,
that contains the capacity for achievement beyond mere human ability. As
energy, it can be understood as a foundational creative principle." -Carla Bianpoen, ArtInfo
This pull from ancient elements combined with modern ideas of creativity and energy should pair for an extremely interesting showing of Indonesian artists.
The Biennale, itself, historically showcases the most forward thinking contemporary artists and instillation from countries around the world. This year will prove to be nothing less.