Enin Supriyanto, Member of Jury for Joseph Balestier Award 2016
Mr. Enin Supriyanto, Independent Art Curator and Writer
Enin Supriyanto was educated at Fine Art and Design Faculty, Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung. During his student years, he was actively engaged in Indonesian student movement of the 1980’s. Because of his activism, he was once sent to prison by the Suharto’s New Order regime for 3 years. After he was released, he got the opportunity to work as Art Director and then Creative Director in an advertising-marketing consulting agency in Jakarta, while at the same time he maintained his interest in Indonesian contemporary art. He got his first opportunity to work as an art writer/curator when invited to collaborate with F.X. Harsono—the founder and member of the well-known Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru Indonesia (Indonesian New Art Movement)—for Harsono’s solo show, “Suara” (The Voices), at National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia. After this significant show, his work and career as one of Indonesian independent curator/art writer was firmed. In 1995, Supriyanto was invited and participated in ARX4 “torque”, an artists/curators residency program organized by Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Western Australia. In 1996, he was invited to contribute an essay on Indonesian leading performance artist, Marintan Sirait, for the catalogue of The 2nd Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia, and presented a paper in the seminar of the Triennial. In the same year, as curator, Supriyanto was invited to participate in a residency program at School of Design and Art, Curtin University, Western Australia, supported and sponsored by UNESCO/Association Internationale des Critiques d’art (AICA, Australia section).
As curator with a special interest in Indonesian contemporary art, he has involved in many different art projects in Indonesia. He co-founded Indonesian Printmaking Triennial, the only nation-wide printmaking art event in Indonesia. He has curated many art shows, in Indonesia and abroad, presenting works by Indonesian artists such as F.X. Harsono, Agus Suwage, S. Teddy D, Ugo Untoro, Titarubi, Handiwirman Saputra, Jumaldi Alfi, Yusra Martunus, Yunizar, Rudi Mantofani (members of the well-known Jendela Group), Eko Nugroho, etc. He also co-founded artist-run initiatives such as iCAN (Indonesian Contemporary Art Network) and SaRanG Building, both based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His writings on Indonesian contemporary art has been published in many different publications and in books, such as: Half Century of Indonesian Printmaking (2000), Indonesian Contemporary Art Now (2007), Indonesian Women Artists: The Curtain Opens (2007), Agus Suwage: Still Crazy After All These Years (2010), Beyond the Dutch: Indonesia, The Netherlands and the Visual Arts, from 1900 Until Now (2010), Sip! Indonesian Art Today (2013). He has been participating in many international art forums as speaker, presenter, or lecturer, among others: in the 4th Guggenheim Museum: Asian Art Council Meeting (Bangkok, 2014), and as member of international jury for On Site, Visual, part of On Site Art Fest 2015, organized by Taipei Artist Village/Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taiwan.
Enin Supriyanto is now the Curator/Project Officer of The EQUATOR International Symposium, a program organized by Yogyakarta Biennale Foundation. He lives and works in Jakarta and in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.