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Mella Jaarsma is a long time artist who uses various mediums to translate ideas about clothing or body covering traditions, some of which have been expanded into performance practices. The performativity aspect of Mella’s work becomes a temporary offer of a deep reading of objects and artifacts, but also shapes them in a new reality of space and time. By clashing artifacts and works, objects and performativity, conceptual and historical, Mella Jaarsma confronts us with situations that are out of the ordinary for the body and what we cover it with, presenting experiences that are between that of the real and the imaginary.

The Indonesian Dance Festival in collaboration with ROH holds an artist talk program to explore more in terms of performativity in Mella Jaarsma’s artistic practice.

Mella Jaarsma

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  • Mella Jaarsma

    Mella Jaarsma is known for her complex costume installations and her focus on forms of cultural and racial diversity embedded within clothing, the body and food. She was born in the Netherlands in 1960 and studied visual art at Minerva Academy in Groningen (1978-1984), after which she left the Netherlands to Indonesia to study at Jakarta Institute of Arts (IKJ, 1984) and at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta (1985-1986). In 1988, she co-founded Cemeti Art House (with Nindityo Adipurnomo), the first space for contemporary art in Indonesia.

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