by JB2021 ESOK Curatorial Team
Cosmetic and commonplace, a surface that both masks and performs a self, concealer is an instructive method to think about the promises and disenchantments of positionality in personal and professional life. Join this ongoing conversation about gender, diaspora, and art with Jaya Jacobo, Daniel Lie, Sriwhana Spong, and Wong Binghao.
Wong Binghao enjoys communicating between contexts and mediating art to diverse publics. They eclectically constellate ideas, scenes, art, and writing as a gesture towards ethical and expansive cultural work. This practice currently takes the form of a series of publications (Indifferent Idols, 2018; nominal bliss, 2019; and forthcoming 2021) that attempts to generate contextually specific, conceptually capacious, and emotionally available readings of art. They are currently C-MAP Asia Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Jaya Jacobo is Assistant Professor in the Research Centre for Global Education (GLEA) at Coventry University, United Kingdom. Jaya holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York (SUNY). She is co-editor of Queer Southeast Asia and the forthcoming Trans Pilipinas. A member of the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP), she has done work with travestis and transsexual women in Rio de Janeiro and other cities in Brazil. In 2020, she was featured in the Transgender Day of Remembrance programme organised by performance artist Bhenji Ra for the Sydney Gender Centre.
Daniel Lie is a Brazilian-Indonesian gender non-conforming artist, who studied Bachelors and Teaching Fine Arts at São Paulo State University (UNESP). In their work, time is the central pillar of reflection as it is present in a lifetime and in the states of the elements. Through diverse art languages, concepts stemming from ephemerality, presence and memory appear in the relation of the human body to other-than-humans such as decaying matter, growing plants and fungi. Recent exhibitions include: Toko Buku Liong, Cemeti, Yogyakarta/ID, 2020; Human Supremacy: The failed project, Casa do Povo, Sao Paulo/BR 2019; The Negative Years, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh/U.K, 2019. Lie lives and works in Berlin
Sriwhana Spong is an artist from Aotearoa New Zealand, living in London. She works across different mediums – including sculpture, film, and performance – and creates works where experiential knowledge, autobiography, and fiction are entangled with carefully researched materials and forms that reflect their particular cultural contexts and sources. Here, Spong also draws on the writings of women mystics, to produce works where separations between genre dissolve, and the binaries of contemplation/action, mind/body, inside/outside collapse. Recent exhibitions include Honestly Speaking, Auckland Art Gallery (2020); castle-crystal, Edinburgh Arts Festival, Ida-Ida, Spike Island, Bristol (2019); A hook but no fish, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, and Pump House Gallery, London (2018); having-seen-snake, Michael Lett, Auckland (2017) and Oceanic Feeling with Maria Taniguchi, ICA, Singapore (2016).
This monthly event is supported by Plus Jakarta, Enjoy Jakarta, the Ministry of Education and Culture, SAM Fund For Art And Ecology, and jointly held with Jakarta Arts Council.
Image Design by Studio Vanessa Ban