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Almanac 2016: Tiarma Dame Ruth Sirait (Bandung, Indonesia)

Almanac 2016: Tiarma Dame Ruth Sirait (Bandung, Indonesia)

Art&Design production exists in a dialectical relationship between a society&the culture, between an artist&the viewers. We all exist within a social system, which is seemingly internally coherent, but may not be easily translated outside. Our interpretations of cultures help us to take possible actions to create changes towards a positive direction;to use our creative work to extend&identify important aspects of cultural experience&enhance these in terms of people’s experience. However, the situation changes as one moves from one geographic&cultural location to another. We live in a complex transnational&global meeting, mixings&clashing of different cultural perceptions at an increasing rate&pace as never seen before. The idea of my fashion art is intended to express the unusualness&the weirdness of costumes&movements; its potential to inspire&to feed the imagination, using the body. It is not the everyday, but the fantastic&surreal. In specific theatrical/ceremonial situations, a costume is worn&experienced for those purposes creative/events;these may be part of a story or cultural tradition, a religious/political event&their impact in their context is to transform&extend the experience of the participant&audience, as well as to build the narrative of the cultural event. The basis of my project is the process of cultural interaction, where I transport my culture&transform it in relation to other cultures that I meet in different country&in different form. My costume based on combination between the influence of Indonesian Batik(East), European Victorian Style (West).

Production History:
2015 Finalists of the Gudang Garam Indonesia Art Award (GGIAA) 2015 @National Gallery, Jakarta – Indonesia; 2014 Apakabar Ibu #2; Women Exhibition @National Gallery, Jakarta – Indonesia; 2014 Changi Airport Destination-Themed Events 2014 organized by Kemenparekraf in Singapore; 2013 Featured in a digital group show @Brooklyn Night Bazaar // See.Me Art Market – USA; 2013 Featured in a digital group show @SCOPE Miami 2013 during Miami Art Week – USA; 2012-13 The 3rd Triennale of Textile: “Without Borders” International Exhibition @Trenčí & the National Cultural Center House Arts in Bratislav, Slovak Republic & @Gallery of Peter Michal Bohύň in Liptovský Mikuláš & Gallery of the Museum of Moravian Slovakia Republic & @The Municipal Museum of Art in Győr, Hungary Republic, Uherské Hradište Czech Republic, Bielsko – Biała, Poland Republic – Europe; 2012 Indonesia Contemporary Fiber Art – Chapter One │ Mapping @Art One New Museum, Jakarta – Indonesia; 2012 The 2nd Design Life Bangkok Exhibition; RMIT School of Architecture & Design Graduates, organized by RMIT Architecture & Design Alumni in the TCDC Foyer, Thailand Creative Design Center in Bangkok – Thailand; 2012 Art Takes Times Square Competition where my “Transporter & Transformer” project featured & revealed @Times Square Billboard Premiere in New York City – USA; 2011 THE ITB, CCA & ARS TEXTRINA International Textiles and Costumes Congres & Exhibition @Lawangwangi Art & Science Estate Bandung – Indonesia; 2011 The 1st Asian Ethnic Costume Exhibition (China, Japan, Indonesia) @Kokushikan University in Tokyo – Japan; 2011 Indonesian International Fiber Art Exhibition (Fiber Face #3) @Taman Budaya Jogjakarta – Indonesia; 2009 Fashionvaganza Art Performance for the opening of the Art Jakarta “Indonesian Art Festival” organized by Harper Bazaar at Ritz Carlton – Pacific Place, Jakarta – Indonesia


Artistic Statement:
Tiarma Sirait is an exciting Bandung-based fashion artist who’s presenting visually provocative & thought provoking fashion art performances & always questioning all the conventional wisdoms both of the East & West. Her performance in fashion has been acknowledged by many international art institutions & she has intensively participated in many domestics & overseas exhibitions. She’s exhibited in Indonesia & around the world; Malaysia, Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, China, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Australia, Turkey, France, Germany, U.K., Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Slovak, Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cuba, Colombia, Portugal, Spain, Canada, USA & others. Tiarma was educated in Textile Design @Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) Indonesia; in Fashion Design @Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Australia & Master in Fashion & Textile Design @University of Borås, Sweden. I describe myself as a ‘Transporter & Transformer’ of culture. When I travel around the world, I carry the whole culture with me along with my physical presence & meet ppl from other cultures. My understanding of different cultures through travel, social, cultural interaction & general communication with other people has given me the opportunities to transform the ideas & experiences I encounter into different visual forms, reflecting my perception of them. With conceptual approaches to popculture, my work utilizes fashion to provoke & explore theme & issues of contemporary life & presenting visually provocative through installations & fashion performances.






Photo by: Hardianto Setiadi

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here. 


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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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