Exhibition
Fri 17 Sep–Sat 18 Dec 2021

December at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago, IL, USA

Participants

Tintin Wulia

December (Wulia 2021). Synchronized 3-channel video and 6-channel sound installation, 8’00” (loop). Installation view. Photo courtesy of Asha Iman Veal.

 

December, part of the exhibition RAISIN curated by Asha Iman Veal, at 6018North, Chicago Architecture Biennial 2021, USA

December (Wulia 2021, synchronized 3-channel video with 6-channel sound installation) is a three-part narrative work surrounding Wulia’s grandfather’s forced disappearance on 18 December 1965, in Denpasar, Bali. He was taken away—although this was never officially confirmed—during the government-sanctioned, extrajudicial mass killings of alleged communists in Indonesia that started on 1 October 1965, abetted by leading democracies of the world including the USA. Wulia was born only seven years later, but this forced disappearance as one of her first childhood stories strongly shaped her identity.

To safeguard the family as Wulia was growing up during the Suharto autocracy, these stories about 1965 were always passed on secretly, so not even Wulia’s closest friends knew her story. It was only several years after Suharto fell that Wulia began speaking about it publicly—this was in the early 2000s, and she was over thirty. Thousands, perhaps millions of families with similar experience have been legally discriminated, and the Indonesian government never acknowledges their involvement in the killings. Wulia’s grandfather was never released or returned, and his body was never found.

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December (Wulia 2021). Synchronized 3-channel video and 6-channel sound installation, 8’00” (loop). Installation view. Photo courtesy of Asha Iman Veal.

 

December (Wulia 2021). Synchronized 3-channel video and 6-channel sound installation, 8’00” (loop). Installation view. Photo courtesy of Asha Iman Veal.

 

 

 

December (Wulia 2021). Synchronized 3-channel video and 6-channel sound installation, 8’00” (loop). Installation view. Photo courtesy of Asha Iman Veal.

 

 

 

 

 

Contributors

Tintin Wulia

Tintin Wulia is an artist and Senior Researcher at the HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK. She explores the intricate power dynamics of societal and geopolitical borders as interfaces, through a multi-disciplinary approach that includes text, video, sound, painting, drawing, dance, installation, performance, and public intervention, tackling these subjects both pragmatically and conceptually. Since 2000 she has contributed to 200 international exhibitions and publications, including Istanbul Biennale (2005), Moscow Biennale (2011), Sharjah Biennale (2013), and most recently the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennale, as well as a solo pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. Her text publication includes a chapter contribution to the award-winning edited volume Migrating Minds: Theories and Practices of Cultural Cosmopolitanism (New York: Routledge, 2022). Her works are part of prominent public collections worldwide, including the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum and He Xiangning Art Museum. Currently she is Principal Investigator of the Swedish Research Council-funded Protocols of Killings: 1965, Distance, and the Ethics of Future Warfare (2021-24) and the European Research Council-funded Things for Politics’ Sake: Aesthetic Objects and Social Change/THINGSTIGATE (2023-28).

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