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CP BIENNALE 2005 : Urban/Culture
The second CP Biennale with the theme "Urban/Culture" was be held at the Bank Indonesia Museum in Kota, Jakarta from September 5, 2005 to October 5, 2005. The second CP Biennale has been designed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia and the 50th anniversary of the Asia-Africa Conference. The large exhibition, held every two years, will be participated in by artists from Indonesia and several foreign countries.
Theme of CP Biennale II, 2005
The problems of people living in urban areas in Indonesia are the problems of people living in big cities worldwide. Because of this, in the past ten years, the theme, Urban, has been featured in a number of international exhibitions. In the developing nations of Asia and Africa, the problems of cities and their populations take on specific forms that make the cities of developing countries seem chaotic. Indonesia is no exception.
Urban communities or the people, who live in big cities, are also known as civil society. In Indonesia, civil society was formed at the end of the 19th century with the development of cities during the colonial period. The indigenous component of this civil society played a major role in the development of the concept of the state of Indonesia and of independence as well. These people came to see independence as existing among their civil rights.
The commitment of civil society before independence was not limited to the struggle for civil rights. The people also struggled for the rights of those who were poor and marginalized. Within the climate of independence, this commitment did not flourish, nor did it continue. Development and modernization proceeded in the cities, as if the cities were the only places that were independent. Development in all sectors focused on the cities and resulted in the expansion of urban areas into mega cities. There then occurred a massive urban migration because only the cities could offer progress, welfare, improved economic life, and mechanisms for achieving aspirations. So the cities became overpopulated. The poverty expanding through the cities is a sign of the shift of poverty from the underdeveloped areas outside urban centers in Indonesia.
Venue and Presentation
In connection with the selection of the Bank Indonesia Museum building as the site for the CP Biennale II, 2005, CP Foundation has cooperated with Bank Indonesia as facilitator and provider of exhibition space.
The CP Biennale II, 2005 has been funded collectively by the CP Foundation and international institutions. Besides funding from CP Foundation and UBS, as a consistent donator to CP Foundation, funding has also come from international institutions, which fund international exhibitions that are not commercial in nature. Among these donators are Prince Claus Fund of the Netherlands, Asian Cultural Council Rockefeller Foundation, New York, The Japan Foundation, Tokyo and Goethe Institute. Other institutions, such as the National Art Council, Singapore and Erasmus Huis, have funded the participation of artists and speakers at the seminar who are coming from their own countries for the event.
Participants of CP Biennale II 2005
There are 70 participants total, 18 of which are from abroad. See their works at the Featured Works section in this site.
Seminar: Urban Reflection, September 6, 2005
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