This event was hosted by Marzuki Mohammad and then inaugurated by the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno. The opening of ARTJOG MMXXI: Arts in Common – Time (to) Wonder was attended by the ranks of the central and local governments, the private sector, participating artists, and festival managers, all supporters and art lovers.
Sandiaga Uno said that the government was ready to give attention, motivation and encouragement to the creative economy community, even during a pandemic like this, and to give appreciation to ARTJOG for its consistency.
“Art and culture have developed into creative economy products, become a separate industry, created job opportunities, become the pillars of the country’s economy. The idea, notion and creativity of friends in ARTJOG and Mas Heri Pemad turned out to be an added value, becoming a locomotive from our creative economy side,” he added.
ARTJOG MMXXI: Arts in Common – Time (to) Wonder showcases the works of 41 (individual and group) artists who all live and work in Indonesia. Taking place from 8 July to 31 August 2021 at the Jogja National Museum, the exhibition program in ARTJOG this year will also be accompanied by educational programs such as the Young Artist Award program, Exhibition Tour and Meet the Artist. In addition, there are still Expanded ARTJOG programs, performances, ARTCARE, and Jogja Art Weeks.
The implementation of Penerapan Pemberlakuan Pembatasan Kegiatan Masyarakat Darurat (Emergency Community Activity Restriction) one week before ARTJOG takes place requires ARTJOG to postpone the public visits. Nevertheless, the public can still enjoy various information presentations through ARTJOG website and social media channel.
ARTJOG has a role as a place of thought, and one way to rise from a pandemic condition. The works presented in the exhibition are the artists’ statement about their resilience and creativity. Everything that has been done by the artist, hopefully it can be fully seen, enjoyed, and appreciated so that the message that the artists want to convey can also be received by the public as a whole.