Residency Program 2017


Cibele Poggiali Árabe | SURVIVE! Garage | Bagus Dwi Danto - Sisir Tanah

With the Biennale Jogja XIV (series Equator #IV) focussing on Brazil as guest country, Jogja InterKultur took the opportunity to deeper explore similarities and differences between Indonesia and Brasil and open a discourse – accessible not only for artists, academics and activists, but also for the members of the communities involved. Thanks to the support of German Aid organization Misereor, we could invite Brazilian and Indonesian scholar Cibele Poggiali Arabe to do a collaborative on-the-spot-research on social realities in Indonesian communities, both in the city and on the countryside, which later will be compared to relating issues in Brazil.

In her project „Kampung and Favela“, Cibele explores a quarter in the middle of the city of Jogjakarta together with street artist group Survive Garage. 

With another research in West Kalimantan she explores life in a traditional Dayak village together with musician Bagus Dwi Danto alias Sisir Tanah. 

The result of both artistic research collaborations will later be presented literally, visually and acoustically  at the parallel program of the Biennale Jogja XIV in Jogja National Museum. 

In collaboration with Sosrokusuman Residents, Jogja and the people's of Sungai Utik, West Kalimantan



Tale of the land


Opening Ceremonial Exhibition 

 Thursday, 2 November 2017 | 19.00 WIB


Kompleks Jogja National Museum, Amri yahya no 1, Gampingan, Wirobrajan, Jogjakarta.


What would the ground we step on want to tell us if we stopped for a moment to listen to it? In the city or in the countryside, the pulse of the earth is being increasingly muffled... Sometimes deliberately, often not. With it, follows the connection that we have with the land.

In the heart of Yogyakarta, kampung Sosrokusuman starts losing sight of the sky as mega hotels surround them from all sides, suck the water from underneath their feet and squeeze them into a maze with no guarantees of way out... In Sungai Utik, West Kalimantan, a community of Iban Dayak resists the bulldozers that strip the land around them and since long wait for a regional regulation that recognizes their forest as customary... till then, their future is still uncertain.

From the favelas in Rio de Janeiro to kampung Sosrokusuman, from the palm oil industry in Kalimantan to the soybean industry in the Amazon, the social, cultural, economical and political repression by Money and Power is equally as inhumane and urgent.

We still do have a voice though. And can use it.

On opposite sides of the Earth, Indonesia meets Brazil with a call that vibrates in unison, beyond borders.

Cibele Poggiali Arabe, collaborating with Survive Garage and Sisir Tanah, presenting the forgotten voices in Tales of the Land/Dongeng Tanah in Jogja Contemporary as one of the Parallel Events of Biennale Jogja XIV. Combining the daily tunes of Sungai Utik and hidden voices from Sosrokusuman, they make the audience experience the life behind the threat of ‘loss’.

As part of the presentation, a workshop session, talks and music will be held on 19th November at Ajiyasa-Jogja National Museum, 15.00 – finish.


Cibele Poggiali Arabe

Master in Sustainable Tourism and specialist of cultural and independent travel, Cibele finds in the diversity of the world one of the main motions of her life. She has been living in different countries for the past decade, on land and at sea, getting involved in projects along the way, sharing her deep interest in people and their realities.

Since long Cibele has been connected to Indonesia, through a close friend abroad, the books of co-worker and anthropologist Franck Michel, and a library project he is the co-founder and which they run with their association's members and people from Wanagiri, northern Bali ( She started coming to the country over a year ago, and keeps on getting inspired by it, especially on the relations she finds with her home country, Brazil. 

She is the international correspondent of “La croisée des routes” and Franck Michel’s international literary agent. She also works as a sustainable travel consultant and organizer, and is always reinventing herself through new perspectives.

Survive! garage

SURVIVE!garage was established in 2009 as an alternative community space and art shop. SURVIVE!garage works with a range of artists and communities, and supports young independent & emerging artist by providing a space to exhibit, show performances, screen films, hold discussions and run workshops. SURVIVE!garage aims to enable an alternative forum for artists who sit outside mainstream art culture, and to provide a community base from which artists can connect.

Artshop has become an integral part of SURVIVE!garageas a place to help and promote artist, as well as production space for a program of independent sustainable activities.

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Bagus Dwi Danto

Sisir Tanah is a music project from Bantul, DI Yogyakarta, established in 2010. Sisir Tanah is made to accommodate the works of Bagus Dwi Danto. Sisir Tanah songs originated from notes written by Bagus Dwi Danto before or after 2010. Each note is the feelings that composed from various characters. There is optimism, sarcasm, humor, joy, disappointment, and anger. A Number of the song is about personal matter, while some other things are about social critics. Within the wide range of themes, the relevant red threads of the messages in  Sisir Tanah songs are love and peace.

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