Dewan Syuro Kurator: A Decentralised Model of Curatorial Practice


The Biennale Jawa Timur at BJT is an event that first commenced in 2005 and is now held once every two years.. Its curatorial approach is always changing in each event and also underwent a significant change in the last two Biennales, the eighth in 2019 and the ninth in 2021. The most recent one has a new approach to its curatorial practice, called Dewan Syuro Kurator (DSK). The DSK is a group of selected curators which also act as a subdivision for artistic directors that will be responsible in nine divided areas in 38 cities in East Java province. The approach of DSK is unique and radical to liven the expectation of the ninth BJT which focuses on collectivism and inclusivity of the Biennale. This paper explains the approach of DSK curatorial practices as well as reflect on e BJT artistic directions. The methodology used is interview analysis and a literature review to strengthen the final statement of the DSK curatorial practice. The result is that DSK practice is yet to be perfect but feasible nevertheless and could be a reference to future curatorial practices that specifically caters to huge events with many stakeholders with an addition to inclusivity to its exhibitors, artists, and participants, as well as its audience.

Keywords: Biennale Jawa Timur, curatorial practice, decentralised, collective practice

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