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Jatiwangi art Factory
4 March–9 March 2022
Etherington House and The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
Curated by Sebastian De Line

Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF) is an artistic collective of over fifty multimedia artists, musicians, designers and curators who work out of a former clay tile factory in Jatisura, Indonesia. JaF’s artistic practice emphasizes local rural life in relation to land and the terracotta industry in the Jatiwangi District. Clay is central to all their artistic and cultural activities in the spirit of community empowerment. Since 2005, JaF’s projects have ranged in scale, from small to large collaborations together with local villagers, collaborators abroad and visiting artists-in-residence who come to work with JaF in Jatiwangi as well as on reciprocal projects, where the collective travels internationally. JaF’s art praxis range from visual art to video, exhibition curation, radio broadcasting, educational programming and music featuring terracotta ensemble, Lair, all of which are grounded in material practices formed from clay.

Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF) at the Ceramic Music Festival, a ritual and collective agreement for a more sustainable Jatiwangi land culture, 2021.

The artistic practice of Lair’s composers, Tedi Nurmanto, Andzar Agung Fauzan, Muhammad Pipin Kaspin, Kiki Permana, Ika Yuliana and Tamyiz Ramadhan begins with the creation of their own clay musical instruments from which each sound is formed.

JaF has exhibited internationally, including Sonsbeek 2016, Dhaka Art Summit 2020 and the upcoming iteration of Documenta 15. A partnership with the Toronto Biennial of Art, Agnes and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, we host Lair in a creation-based micro-residency in Kingston with a jam session at Agnes with Matt Rogalsky and Golam Rabbani on 6 March, 1–5 pm. The ensemble records new work in the Jennifer Velva Bernstein Performance Hall at the Isabel from 7–8 March 2022 with a public streaming event on 8 March at 7:30 pm. JaF participates in the Toronto Biennial of Art taking place 26 March–5 June 2022.

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