Yogyakarta’s premier contemporary art fair, Art Jog, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Themed “Changing Perspective,” the exhibition is slated to run from May 20 to June 19 at the Jogja National Museum. We check in with its founder Heri Pemad ahead of the festival to learn more about what’s in store.
What is the driving force behind the festival?
When we started ArtJog a decade ago, infrastructure for the arts wasn’t very good. Our dream was to create an event to bring artists with different creative styles together, and in doing so, raise public awareness about art.
What can viewers expect at this year’s Art Jog?
This year, we want to present the language of art in a variety of mediums – not just on canvas, but also through sound, motion, light and more. We hope to bridge the traditional and the modern, and fully represent the changing perspectives of both local and international artists.
What are your views on Yogyakarta’s art scene?
Historically and geographically, Yogyakarta is a productive centre for art. Today, you can find many studios, galleries, and alternative art spaces throughout the city. With ArtJog, we constantly strive to collaborate with the various independent art collectives in the city to further improve the local art scene.
What are three of your favourite spots in South-East Asia, and why?
Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. These countries don’t just offer scenic landscapes, but also boast a rich tradition of arts and culture – all of which encapsulate the beauty of South-East Asia perfectly.
What’s the best piece of travel advice that anyone has ever given you?
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.