One of Indonesia’s most seminal and respected contemporary artists, Arahmaiani has been internationally recognized for her powerful and provocative commentaries on social, political, and cultural issues.
Born in 1961 in Bandung, Indonesia, she established herself in the 1980s as a trailblazer in the field of Southeast Asian performance art (although her practice incorporates a wide variety of media). Described by the New York Times as a “dynamic and courageous artist,” Arahmaiani has been featured in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions around the world, including the Venice Biennale in 2003. In New York City, she was included in the landmark exhibition, Traditions/Tensions, at Asia Society in 1996, as well as Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum in 2007. A major retrospective, Arahmaiani: The Past Has Not Passed, was presented at the Museum MACAN in Jakarta in 2018. She was FSA’s inaugural artist-in-residence creating new iterations of her community-based performance, the “Flags Project” and “Shadow of the Past.”