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TINTIN WULIA

Tintin Wulia (b.1972, Denpasar, Indonesia) completed her art PhD (RMIT University, 2014) after almost fifteen years of exhibiting internationally. Initially trained as a film composer (BMus, Berklee College of Music, 1997) and architectural engineer (BEng, Universitas Katolik Parahyangan, 1998), she works with video, installation, drawings, painting, sound, dance, text, performance and public interventions. Her interdisciplinary works – particularly on the sociopolitics of mobility and border crossing – are often participatory.

Wulia has participated in major shows like Istanbul Biennale (2005), Yokohama Triennale (2005), Jakarta Biennale (2006), Jakarta Biennale (2009), Moscow Biennale (2011), Gwangju Biennale (2012), Asia Pacific Triennale (2012), Jogja Biennale (2013), Sharjah Biennale (2013) and survey exhibitions such as ZKM/Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe’s The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds after 1989 (also as one of the residency artists, 2011-12). Her work has also been selected and featured in curated sections of major international art fairs including Encounters, Art Basel Hong Kong 2016 and is part of significant public and private collections worldwide including at Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Singapore Art Museum, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, and He Xiangning Art Gallery. Wulia is an Australia Council for the Arts’ Creative Australia Fellow 2014-16, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow 2018, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Crafts, Design and Society at Centre on Global Migration, University of Gothenburg (2018-20) where she is now a Research Project Leader (2021-23).

Now living and working in Brisbane, Australia and Gothenburg, Sweden, Wulia never stops challenging the ideas of borders and identity all throughout her career. She was recently nominated for International Award for Public Art 2019 and Visible Award 2019, and in 2017 represented Indonesia with solo pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

ARTWORK INQUIRIES

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Violence Against Fruits, 2000 

3’04”, 4:3, colour, stereo, single-channel video
1/5 Edition 

Why don’t you just eat the dogs instead?
Sit back and relax, watch the disembowelment of Diospyros Kaki in front of your eyes.
Inspired by the May 1998 Jakarta riot.

Ketok, 2002 

5’41”, 4:3, colour, stereo, single-channel video
3/5 and 4/5 Edition

One night, a woman heard a mysterious knock on the door of her house. The other night, her husband heard the same mysterious knock. This short film narrates their story, spoken in Indonesian and with Indonesian cultural references, with a particular visual language that the artist/filmmaker associates with an Indonesian culture of fear.

Everything's OK, 2003 

4’52”, 4:3, colour, stereo, single-channel video
5/5 Edition

This little film is curiously simple. If you didn’t look closely enough, you would think it was made by children.

Its simple means. The contagious fun.