Cemeti Art House


Cemeti – Institut for Art and Society


What is the nature of the organization, for how long has it been around and what are its set goals?


Cemeti Art House was founded in 1988 by Nindityo Adipurnomo and Mella Jaarsma in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Since then, Cemeti Art House has been actively promoting and stimulating art practices in the contemporary Indonesian art scene and wider international platform. As well as art discourse and art management.


What kind of events have you ever done?


Various projects, such as site specific, community based exhibitions, presentations, and performances involving local and foreign artists, writers, and art activists, have been realized each year. Artist’s talks, project presentations and group exhibitions are presented locally and internationally, as well as our monthly self-curated exhibitions at our space.



What kind of expectations do you have for the development of local contemporary art?


Contemporary art in Indonesia can be seen as a form, concern, view and reflection of artists to the issues that is developing in the society. Through their works, artists are responding and depicting general phenomena in the society, while other’s expressing individual and personal approaches to the reality. Therefore, Cemeti Art House is developing a platform in which activities revolve around and focus on reinventing ‘Art and Society’, emphasizing more alternative art practices that honor the process, rather than the promotion. Given the platform re-prioritizing 'Art and Society' practices, in 2010 Cemeti Art House offers residencies for artists, curators and multidisciplinary researchers.


Now in its 30th year, Cemeti’s artist founders Nindityo Adipurnomo and Mella Jaarsma, have stepped aside from the day-to-day running of the organization, staying on to guide and advise as chairs of the board. As a new team takes the helm, we want to take a moment for public reflection, thinking collectively with you about the possible futures of Cemeti. Part of this process is the changing of Cemeti’s name from Cemeti Art House to Cemeti - Institute for Art and Society. Our new subtitle takes as a starting point the idea of “instituting” as a collective social process in which we find forms for shared urgencies and ideologies.



Please, describe briefly your organization. Are all members artists? 

Only the founders are artist; Nindityo Adipurnomo and Mella Jaarsma.

Cemeti team

Alec Steadman: Co-Chief Curator

Dimaz Maulana: Archive & Documentation Manager

Linda Mayasari: Director

Sanne Oorthuizen: Co-Chief Curator

Sarono: night guard and technical support

Theodora Agni: Residency Manager

Wahyu: night guard and technical support

Cemeti board

Alia Swastika

Joned Suryatmoko

F.X. Harsono

Mella Jaarsma

Nindityo Adipurnomo 



Do you have a space? Is it open for everyone to visit? 

Yes. We are open on Tuesday – Saturday, from 9 AM to 5 PM.


Website: www.cemeti.org


Tel/Fax: +62 274 371 015

Mobile: +62 81 2273 3564

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address: Jl. D.I. Panjaitan 41 Yogyakarta 55143 Indonesia



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  • 2018 09/09 - 2018 09/30
    Nanyang Radio Station: Audio Tour for 228 Peace Memorial Park

    Audio Tour for 228 Peace Memorial Park

    “ Through these narrators and the audio guide on the New Park/228 Memorial Park, I would like to propose a way of imagining worldview from listening to personal narratives of the displaced. " (Syafiatudina)

    During her residency in Taipei, Syafiatudina has been looking for archives and references on the connection of Indonesia and Taiwan, both historically and contemporary. This search had brought her to museums and libraries. She has been flipping through books about the Dutch and Japan colonial regime in Taiwan while tried to compare it with the colonial time of Indonesia. Though the archives and references on Taiwan-Indonesia connection are not only stored in library and museum. The narrations of the two regions’ relation are embedded, yet also fragmented, in the city landscape and its inhabitants. In this regard, she has developed interest on the Taipei’s New Park (or what’s known now as 228 Memorial Park) because of its historical and political significance which spans through different regimes in Taiwan up until now.

    Nanyang Radio Station: An Audio Guide for 228 Peace Memorial Park" was proposed as an audio guide for KUNCI Radio in November 2017, by Indonesian artist Syafiatudina of NML Residency & Nusantara Archive Project. In 2018, Nusantara Archive and OCAC co-curate the exhibition PETAMU Project in which her original scripts of the audio is interpreted into the real guide, and Wu Ting-Kuan (Taiwan), Linda Linarta (Indonesia), Au Sow-Yee (Malaysia) are invited as the voice-overs for the guide, along with bilingual guide tours collaborating with National Taiwan Museum during the exhibition. The text were based on the artist's research the knowledge sourced during the residency, including the passage regarding the activists of "No Outsider" witnessed on International Migrants Day in December 2017.

    Organizer : OCAC, NML Residency & Nusantara Archive Project
    Co-organizer : National Taiwan Museum


    ("English Guide" session)
    ღ Event Time : 9/9 (SUN) , 9/30 (SUN) 2:30 PM
    ღ Meeting Point : Exit 4 of National Taiwan University Hospital Metro Station
    ღ Registration Link: https://goo.gl/uhwsxS