Mella Jaarsma

Mella Jaarsma

Born in 1960, Emmeloord, Netherlands
Lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia since 1984.

Mella Jaarsma was born in Emmeloord, the Netherlands at 9th October 1960. She grew up in Netherlands and studied visual art at 'Minerva' Academy, Groningen (1978–1984), after which she left the Netherlands to study at the IKJ (Art Institute of Jakarta, 1984), Jakarta and at ISI ( Indonesia Institute of the Arts, 1985–1986), Yogyakarta and stayed ever since in Indonesia. Her work has been presented widely in exhibitions in Indonesia as well as in international art events.

In 1988, together with her partner Nindityo Adipurnomo she founded the Cemeti Gallery in Yogyakarta, which since 1999 has changed into Cemeti Art House, organizing exhibitions, projects and residencies. Since 1995 she also has been active as a board member at the Cemeti Art Foundation – Yogyakarta, currently changed into the Indonesia Visual Art Archive – IVAA. She gives workshops and lectures in Indonesia as well as abroad; at Duta Wacana University – Yogyakarta, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum – Fukuoka, Griffith University – Gold Coast, The Substation – Singapore, Lasallesia College of the Arts – Singapore, Rietveld Academy – Amsterdam, etc.


Series:

  • 2011. Doormate |The Trophy | The Fire Eaters | The Post Modernist
  • 2010. Dirty Hands | Communicating with the Forces I., II. | Crash Team II | Image of no Dream
  • 2009. The Zipper Zone | Follow Me | Square Body - Kanda Empat | This Shirt Fits Us All | The Traders of the Visible | The Talisman | The Ward Robe
  • 2008. A Myth or Not? | Jejalan | The Constructor | The Last Animist | Shaggy
  • 2007. My name is Michaela | This Land is Ours | (W)oman of Quality
  • 2006. This Place is Mine | I am the Widow Maker
  • 2005. Asal | Citysins | Half a witness | Shelter me I., II., III., IV.
  • 2004. Peranakan Shelters | Targets of Prosperity
  • 2003. Rubber Time I., II. | The Warrior | The Healer | The Feeder | Refugee Only
  • 2002. Bolak Balik | Bule Bull |Shameless Gold
  • 2001–2002. Londo Ngemis | Smash Team | The Follower
  • 2000. I am Ethnic | I fry you | SARA-swati
  • 1998–1999. Pribumi – primbumi | Inlander


Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2009. The Fitting Room. Bandung: Selasar Sunaryo Art Space.
  • 2009. The Fitting Room. Jakarta: National Gallery. Indonesia.
  • 2009. Zipper Zone. Bandung: S 14. Indonesia.
  • 2006. De Meeloper / The Follower. Artoteek Den Haag, The Netherlands.
  • 2006. Shelter Me. Ubud Bali: Gaya Fusion Art Space. Indonesia.
  • 2005. Asal. Teheran: Etemad Gallery. Iran.
  • 2004. The Shelter. Kuala Lumpur: Valentine Willy Gallery. Malaysia.
  • 2002. Moral Pointer. Jakarta: Lontar Gallery. Indonesia.
  • 2001. I Eat You Eat Me. Bangkok: The Art Center. Center of Academic Resources. Chulalongkorn University. Thailand.
  • 2000. Saya Makan Kamu Makan Saya. Cemeti Art House. Yogyakarta. Indonesia.
  • 2000. Saya Makan Kamu Makan Saya. Yogyakarta: Lembaga Indonesia – Perancis. Indonesia.
  • 1999. Temporary Space. Sapporo. Japan.


Group Exhibitions:

  • 2009. Beyond the Dutch. Central Museum. Utrecht: Central Museum. The Netherlands.
  • 2009. Fusion Folks. Taipei. Bo-Pi Liao. Taiwan.
  • 2009. New Nature. Jakarta: Vanessa Art Link at the National Gallery. Indonesia.
  • 2009. The Incheon Women Artists Biennale. Art Platform. Incheon: Art Platform. Korea.
  • 2009. Re-Addressing Identities. Katonah Museum. New York: Katonah Museum. USA.
  • 2009. Living Legends. Jakarta: Edwin Gallery at the National Gallery. Indonesia.
  • 2009. Blue Print. Tembi Contemporary. Yogyakarta. Indonesia.
  • 2009. Enam Pekan Perempuan, Jakarta: Salihara Gallery. Indonesia.
  • 2009. ASEAN Contemporary Art Exchange. Yangon: Tamada Gallery. Myanmar.
  • 2008. From Jail to Canvas, Jakarta: Salihara Galeri. Indonesia.
  • 2008. A Decade of Dedication: Ten Years Revisited. Bandung: Selasar Sunaryo Art Space. Indonesia.
  • 2008. 8888. Sevilla: La Cartuja. Cultural Council. Sitges. Spain.
  • 2008. 10th Sonsbeek: Grandeur. Arnhem: Park Sosnbeek. Netherlands.
  • 2008. Urban Concerns. Bildmuseet. Umea: Bildmuseet. Swedia.
  • 2007. Kuota. National Gallery. Jakarta: National Gallery. Indonesia.
  • 2007. Yogyakarta Biennale, Neo-Nation. Yogyakarta: Taman Budaya. Indonesia
  • 2007. 22nd International Art Exhibition. Bandung: Selasar Sunaryo Art Space. Indonesia.
  • 2007. The Curtain Opens. Jakarta: National Gallery. Indonesia.
  • 2007. 100 tahun Affandi. Yogyakarta: Taman Budaya. Indonesia.
  • 2007. Very Fun Park II. Taipei: Fubon Art Foundation. Taiwan.
  • 2007. Fashion Accidentally. Taipei: Museum of Contemporary Art ( MOCA ). Taiwan.
  • 2007. Shelter. Museum de Fundatie. Zwolle – Heino: Museum de Fundatie. Netherlands.
  • 2007. Wherever We Go. San Francisco: San Francisco Institute of the Arts. USA.
  • 2006. Saigon Open City. Ho Chi Ming City: War Museum. Vietnam.
  • 2006. Wherever We Go, Milan: Spazio Oberdan. Italia.
  • 2006. Nederland 1, Gouda: Museum Gouda. Netherlands.
  • 2006. Flucht Vertreibung Integratio, Bonn: Haus the fe Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Berlin: Deutschen Historischen Museum, Leipzig: Zeitgeschichtlichen Forum. Germany.
  • 2005. Taboo and Transgression in Contemporary Indonesian Art. Ithaca: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, New York: Cornell University. USA.
  • 2005. GRID #2. Paris: Eof Art Space. France.
  • 2005. Urban Culture. CP Biennale II. Jakarta: Museum Bank Indonesia.
  • 2005. Ripe, Benatara Budaya, Jakarta: Benatara Budaya. Indonesia
  • 2005. Yokohama 2005. International Triennale of Contemporary Art. Yamashita Pier, Yokohama: Yamashita Pier. Japan.
  • 2005. Natural Selection. Linden. Melbourne: St Kilda Center for Contemporary Arts. Australia.
  • 2005. Go Inside. Tirana Biennale. Tirana: Galeria Kombetare e Arteve. Albania.
  • 2004. Identities versus Globalisation. Chang Mai: Chang Mai Art Museum. Thailand, Bangkok: Museum of Contemporary Art. Thailand, Berlin: Dahlem Museum. Germany.
  • 2004. Artscope. Bandung: Selasar Sunaryo Art Space. Indonesia.
  • 2004. Asian Traffic. Sydney: Asia-Australia Contemporary Arts Centre. Australia.
  • 2004. Reformasi. Sculpture Square. Singapore.
  • 2004. Living With HIV-Aids – artists responding on HIV-Aids. Bangkok: Queens Gallery. Thailand
  • 2004. Art Summit. Jakarta: National Gallery. Indonesia.
  • 2004. Menimbang Dunia Perempuan. Yogyakarta: Taman Budaya. Indonesia.
  • 2003. GRID. Erasmus Huis, Jakarta: Erasmus Huis. Indonesia.
  • 2003. Witnessing to Silence. Canberra:Canberra Contemporary Art Space, as part of the ANU Humanities Research Centre Project, Art and Human Rights. Australia.
  • 2003. Interpellation. CP Open Biennale, Jakarta: National Gallery. Indonesia.
  • 2003. Sorak Sorai Identitas. Magelang: Galeri Langgeng. Indonesia.
  • 2003. Country-Bution. Yogyakarta Biennale VII. Taman Budaya. Yogyakarta. Indonesia
  • 2002. EVA 2002. Limerick. Ireland.
  • 2002. Site _ Sight, translating cultures. Sculpture Square. LaSalle College of the Arts. Singapore.
  • 2002. Gwangju Biennale. Gwangju. Korea.
  • 2002. Visual Poetry. Hokkaido Museum of Literature. Sapporo. Japan.
  • 2002. OPEN 2002. 5th International Exhibition of Sculpture and Installations. Venice Lido: Italy.
  • 2002. GRID. Yogyakarta: Cemeti Art House. Indonesia.
  • 2001. Palu – Indonesia Forum. Palu: Indonesia.
  • 2001. Not I am I. Jakarta: Nadi Gallery. Indonesia.
  • 2001. Floating Chimeras. Edsvik Art. Sollentuna. Sweden.
  • 2001. ARS 01, Helsinki: KIASMA Museum. Finland.
  • 2000. Reformasi Indonesia. Delft: Museum Nusantara. The Netherlands.
  • 1999. Womanifesto 99. Bangkok: Saranrom Park. Thailand.
  • 1999. Soul Ties. Singapore Art Museum. Singapore.
  • 1999. Third Asia-Pacific Trinnale. Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery. Australia.
  • 1999. Festival Pekan Seni Ipoh IV 99. Perak: Art Foundation Perak. Malaysia.
  • 1999. Makasar Art Forum. Ujung Pandang. Indonesia.


Performances:

  • 2009. Follow Me, Disclosed Territories. Solo: Padepokan Lemah Putih. Indonesia.
  • 2008. The Constructor. Senthong Seni, Bantul: Senthong Seni. Indonesia.
  • 2007. This Land is Ours. Solo: Padepokan Lemah Putih. Indonesia.
  • 2004. Rubber Time II. Sydney: Asia – Australia Contemporary Arts Centre. Australia.
  • 2004. I Eat You Eat Me IV. Yogyakarta: ViaVia Café. Indonesia.
  • 2004. Nyuwun Den. Yogyakarta: Kedai Kebun Forum. Indonesia.
  • 2003. Rubber Time I, Theertha International Artists Workshop 2003. Lununganga: Sri Lanka
  • 2003. Rubber Time II, Yogyakarta Biennale VII, Yogyakarta: Taman Budaya Sosietet. Indonesia
  • 2002. Under Cover. Jakarta: Lontar Gallery. Indonesia.
  • 2001. Under Cover. Bangkok: The Art Center, Center of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University. Thailand.
  • 2001. I Eat You Eat Me I. Bangkok: EAT ME Restaurant. Thailand.
  • 2001. I Eat You Eat Me II. Habituspublik 2001. Jakarta: Blok M Plaza. Indonesia.
  • 2001. I Eat You Eat Me III. Edsvik. Sollentuna. Swedia
  • 2000. Under Cover, Yogyakarta: Lembaga Indonesia-Perancis. Indonesia.
  • 1999. Hi Inlander, APT3. Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery. Australia.
  • 1998. Pribumi. Yogyakarta: Malioboro Street. Indonesia.


Art Projects:

  • 2006. Leben Gundlings Friedrich von Preüssen Lessings Schlaf Traum Schrei. Lichtenberg: Heiner Müller Foundation. Berlin.
  • 2004. Seeing with Foreign Eyes…. Flying Circus: Theater works. Singapore.
  • 2003. Collaboration at Studio 106 with Amanda Heng. Singapore.
  • 2003. Theertha International Artists Workshop. Lunagangga. Sri Lanka.
  • 2002. Art of Bamboo. Yogyakarta: Nitiprayan Village. Indonesia.
  • 1996. Kita Makan Apa Hari Ini. Surabaya Art Festival. Surabaya. Indonesia
  • 1993. Art and Nature, Cremation Place Pralina at Munduk Village, Bali. Jakarta: Goethe Insitute. Indonesia.
  • 1991. Inspiraties I. City Theatre. Arnhem. The Netherlands.
  • 1991. Inspiraties I. Arnhem: Museum of Modern Art. The Netherlands.


Residences:

  • 2004. Dahan. Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
  • 2003. Studio 106. LASALLE-SIA Collage of the Arts. Singapore.
  • 2001. Art Center. Chulalongkorn University. Thailand.


Grants and Awards:

  • 2008. Academic Art Award #2, Jogja Gallery / Indonesia Institute of the Arts. Yogyakarta. together with Nindityo Adipurnomo.
  • 2006. The John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award. New York. USA together with Nindityo Adipurnomo
  • 1998. Travel grant to Sapporo from The Japan Foundation. Jakarta. Indonesia.
  • 1988–1991. Artists work grant from the Ministry of Culture and Education. Netherlands.