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Yogyakarta and Dhaka art fairs have clear focus and bold programming

ArtJog and the Dhaka Art Summit both have a clear focus, bold programming and sales model which set them apart

Published on Jul 8, 2014 6:40 PM

I started my recent three-week holiday by booking a ticket to Yogyakarta for an art fair.

Indonesian artists, collectors and curators had all mentioned ArtJog to me at various points - in conversations, during interviews, as passing comments. Most recently, leading Indonesian contemporary artists Jumaldi Alfi and Entang Wiharso suggested a quick weekend holiday to see what sets the art fair apart from others.

It was time to take the short flight to find out for myself, since the fair is not as widely covered outside Indonesia as other visual arts events in the region.

ArtJog, which ran from June 7 to 29 and is now into its seventh edition, surprised me with strong, cutting-edge artworks created in response to the politically charged theme - Legacies Of Power: (Re-)Defining Democracy In Indonesia.

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