ISLANDS OF IMAGINATION: AN INDONESIAN CULTURAL LATE

EXHIBITION AND LIVE EVENT

Client: Flint Communications

WLP were commissioned by Flint Communications, to curate a ‘Cultural Late’ event celebrating Indonesian culture and creativity. Hosted by the National Organising Committee of Indonesia one month before Indonesia appeared as Market Focus Country at The London Book Fair (LBF) 2019, the event was designed as an experiential cultural journey across the diverse islands of Indonesia, through an mixture of live music and poetry readings, fashion, art and crafts, accompanied by a menu featuring cuisine from the different regions of the country. Inspired by new and old forms of storytelling, WLP brought together a diverse range of contemporary voices in the form of static installations, live performances and participatory workshops.

This included a presentation of Didiet Maulana's IKAT Indonesia A/W 2019 ready to wear collection alongside an exhibition of contemporary Indonesian art and crafts, including a collaboration between modest-wear designer Dian Pelangi, print designer Nelly Rose and embroiderer Odette Steel

Amsterdam-based Gallery Lukisan presented artwork by Arwin Hidayat, and contemporary interpretations of wayang shadow puppetry by Berlin-based artist, Herlmabang Bayu Aji. Emma Brassington shared her contemporary interpretations of Indonesian masks, contrasted against traditional masks from the Embassy's collection in London. Also displayed was a screen by award winning British artist of Balinese descent, Sinta Tantra, which explored the systems of making that connect the imaginative to the everyday.

Renowned Indonesian chefs, Petty Elliott and Santhi Serad designed a menu of food and drinks as well as carrying out workshops to show the best of the country’s regional cuisine. The event also saw live performances from poet Khairani Barokka and renowned artist and musician Ubiet.

With short notice they provided us with an exceptional end-to-end curatorial service, producing a clear and creative concept, imaginative and diverse artistic participants and a well-coordinated event plan. Both Fiona and Xenia’s commitment to the project and endless patience went above and beyond and was hugely appreciated.
— Lucy Dunlop, Flint Communications

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Set Design: Dean Slydell

Photography: Agnese Sanvito