Artist Collective
Online meetings in January

ruangrupa, currently curating contemporary art exhibition documenta fifteen, is a Jakarta-based collective established in 2000. The collective runs an art space in South Jakarta and realizes exhibitions, festivals, publications and radio formats. The Indonesian word ruangrupa loosely translates as “a space for art” or “a space form”. This field of tension is already apparent from the collective’s central curatorial approach.

Their approach is based on an international network of local, community-based organisations from the art and other cultural contexts and can be outlined by the Indonesian term ”lumbung”.

ruangrupa has participated in many cooperation and exhibition projects, including the Gwangju Biennale (2002 and 2018), the Istanbul Biennale (2005), the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, 2012), the Singapore Biennale (2011), the São Paulo Biennale (2014), the Aichi Triennale (Nagoya, 2016) and Cosmopolis at Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2017). In 2016, ruangrupa curated TRANSaction: Sonsbeek 2016 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. In 2018, the participants founded GUDSKUL, an educational and networking project for creatives based on cooperative work.

Frame organised an online lunch session with the collective in the context of the visitor programme in January 2021.

Ruangrupa group gathered outside of a building. Friendly athmosphere.

Frame’s 2021 international visitors, artist collective ruangrupa. Image by Jin Panji.