Spatial History

Spatial History

Spatial History

Object Installation & Live Discussion
Indonesia, 2015

Spatial History is an art project of Irwan Ahmett that specifically responds to the hassle of Indonesia’s history and political situation in 1966, especially those related to the controversy of the mandate of power from Sukarno to Suharto through a piece of paper that were later known as Supersemar (Order of March the Eleventh).

In a journey through artifacts and reconstructing the memories of those who experienced the transition of the political power, Irwan found different arguments and collisions of perception. This is made complicated by the existence of different versions of Supersemar. Where and what exactly is the authentic power of a document? Irwan see an ‘blank space’ that is difficult to understand by the history, but that’s where the imagination of himself as an artist trying to ‘find’ it back, at least on a conceptual level.

Spatial History is a medium that offers how objects and events as well as material that was never there might be an intervention of the history, as in the case when a monument was built to make a statement.

Irwan Ahmett

With a background as a designer, he frequently collaborates with Tita Salina and selects public spaces as potensial independent fields. Following his solo exhibition Happiness at RURU Gallery in 2009, Irwan and Tita started a project called Urban Play (2010) which is still exhibited included by Singapore Biennale: If The World Changed in 2013. In 2011, this duo toured to several countries to participate in a residency program and produce artworks. They have created art projects such as: Very-Very Important Fish, Urban Intervention, Grafiti on History, Panenergi dan Spatial History.