Seven artists from Indonesia bring their particular brand of public art to the museum’s Village Artist Corner for a new project, Bangkit/Arise.
Oct 2018–Jun 2019
San Francisco and Jogjakarta, Indonesia, could be sister cities when it comes to their exuberant street art cultures. In fact, some of the murals that enliven the public spaces of each city are the fruit of an ongoing collaboration between artists associated with San Francisco’s Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP)
and Jogjakarta-based artists. This fall, seven artists from Indonesia bring their particular brand of public art to the museum’s Village Artist Corner for a new project, Bangkit/Arise
United by a belief that art in the public sphere can have a positive impact on communities, artists from the two cities have been engaged in a 15-year cross-cultural exchange. They began working side by side, and learning from each other, in 2003 with the project Sama-Sama/Together.
American artists traveled to Jogjakarta to paint large-scale murals across the city and then the artists from Indonesia came here to create work. You can still spot a mural from this project on the facade of Rainbow Grocery in the Mission District. In the years since, artists from the two cities have continued to travel back and forth to add their handiwork to the ever-changing urban mix.
In the first part of Bangkit/Arise, the latest iteration of this long-term international exchange, CAMP artists developed public art in a suburb of Jogjakarta impacted by a cycle of gentrification and displacement familiar to San Franciscans. Now it is the Indonesian artists’ turn to come here and use their paintbrushes to creatively address social justice concerns, threats to the environment and other issues that resonate across cultures.
The Indonesian artists and their CAMP counterparts take over the Village Artist Corner mural wall in September and will be on-site for discussions, a poster-making session with San Francisco Poster Syndicate and community art-making. Live webcasts will connect us to Jogjakarta in real time, introducing us to its community of artists and giving us a glimpse of some of its vibrant street art.