October 1 – 30, 2016
Mella Jaarsma was born in the Netherlands in 1960. She studied visual art at Minerva Academy, Groningen, after which she left the Netherlands to study at the the Art Institute of Jakarta (1984) and at the Indonesia Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta and has lived and worked in Indonesia ever since. Her work has been presented widely in exhibitions in Indonesia as well as in international art events like the Yokohama Triennale (2005); Accidentally Fashion (2007) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei; RE-Addressing Identities (2009) at the Katonah Museum in New York; GSK Contemporary – Aware: Art Fashion Identity (2010) at the Royal Academy of Arts, London; The Singapore Biennale (2011) at the Singapore Art Museum; Suspended Histories (2013) at the Van Loon Museum in Amsterdam, The Jakarta Biennale. Mella Jaarsma has become known for her complex costumes, and her focus on cultural and racial diversity through clothing. Her works are bodily modifications of the social space in between the layers of skin, clothing, sartorial inhibition and housing/architecture.