The Indonesian Pavilion—The Road to Dubai

The Indonesian Pavilion—The Road to Dubai

The Indonesian Pavilion—The Road to Dubai

Video Installation
Indonesia, 2015

In the 1970s, a group of artists with unique passion of art was founded. This group calling themselves Decenta synthesizes modern and traditional art principles. They also blend and mix art’s and design’s principles. The Indonesian middle class at that time that developed thanks to the oil boom and the massive foreign investments sought and consumed works of art, graphic design, monument’s aesthetical element, etc. This group then created a number of aesthetical elements in several important buildings, such as Jakarta Convention Hall, the Assembly Hall of the Supreme Advisory Council, President Sukarno’s cemetery complex, President Soeharto’’s family cemetery complex and other government’s buildings. The state eventually makes use of Decenta’s cultural and symbolic capitals for the sake of the institutionalization of Indonesianness identity.

Starting from Chabib Duta Hapsoro’s research on Studio Decenta group that emerged in the 1970s, The Indonesian Pavilion—Expo Dubai 2020 by Decenta that he develops with M.R. Adytama Pranada tries to imagine, what if Indonesianness identity that mixes the modern and the traditional in Decenta’s art and design is used in the Indonesian Pavilion at the upcoming Expo Dubai 2020.

Chabib Duta Hapsoro
He’s a currator and author who works for Selasar Sunaryo Art Space (SSAS), Bandung. One of his curatorial projects was Moctar Apin: Sang Petualang dari Gelanggang at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space in 2014. At the same year, he finished his Master’s study at Bandung Institute of Technology.