Melati Suryodarmo
Indonesian, born 1969
Selected exhibitions
2016
Afterwork,
Para Site
Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors,
Singapore Art Museum (SAM)
2014
Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014,
Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

Melati Suryodarmo explains that her purpose is “to touch the fluid border between the body and its environment.” Since 1996, she has been making visceral performance pieces about cultural and political identity, and the body inhibited by its surroundings. Her works take on a range and intensity of motion, from the vigor in Exergie-butter dance (2000) to the stillness of The Black Ball (2004), which involved a shelf constructed by Marina Abramovic and was based on a study of the life of Egon Schiele. Costume and clothing take on an important role in her work, either accentuating Suryodarmo’s actions or becoming a main prop in the performance. Suryodarmo also produces video installations and photographs in conjunction with her performances.

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