Group photo of RUANGRUPA, from left to right: Reza Afisina, Indra Ameng, Farid Rakun, Daniella Fitria Praptono, Iswanto Hartono, Ajeng Nurul Aini, Ade Darmawan, Julia Sarisetiati, and Mirwan Andan. Photo by Jin Panji/Gudskul. All images courtesy Documenta, Kassel, unless otherwise stated. 

Hanging Out, Sowing Seeds

Ruangrupa’s curatorial concept for documenta fifteen, lumbung, is inspired by Indonesian communal rice barns, and reflects your interests in collectivity, pooling knowledge and resources, and sharing these assets equally among different actors. As you have already started to bring together organizations, collectives, and artists—both online and in person, in Indonesia and in Germany—can we say that documenta fifteen is already in progress? 

In June, we announced nine lumbung members [partner institutions, including Fondation Festival Sur Le Niger (Ségou, Mali), Gudskul (Jakarta), Jatiwangi Art Factory (Jatiwangi, Indonesia), and The Question of Funding: How to Work Together (Palestine)], and we will continue to build this collective in 2021. So for ruangrupa and our lumbung members, yes, documenta fifteen has already started. In fact, lumbung building commenced long ago. It is our utmost priority to extend the process beyond 2022 so that the lumbung members can continue to support each other and we can sustain our respective practices in our various contexts. We want our collaborators to be in a different state after documenta fifteen—to be much stronger in their local ecosystems, and to have better economic strategies. If we fall short on that front, we would consider documenta fifteen a failure.

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