Documenta 15 - “Lumbung” (Working title) (intl event)
Date 2022.06.18-2022.09.25...opens in 422 day(s)
Opening 2022.06.18, Saturday
Venue FriedrichsplatzMuseum Fridericianum
(Friedrichsplatz 18, Kassel)
Curator Ruangrupa


Nominated unanimously by the International Finding Committee, the Supervisory Board of documenta appointed ruangrupa, a collective of artists and creatives from Jakarta, Indonesia, with a ten-member core, as the Artistic Direction of documenta 15.
Farid Rakun and Ade Darmawan, who represented ruangrupa in Kassel, formulated their decidedly participatory curatorial goals for the international art exhibition in 2022 as follows: “We want to create a globally oriented, cooperative, interdisciplinary art and culture platform that will have an impact beyond the 100 days of documenta 15. Our curatorial approach aims at a different community-oriented model of resource usage – economical, but also taking ideas, knowledge, programs and innovations into account. If documenta was launched in 1955 to heal war wounds, why shouldn’t we focus documenta 15 on today’s injuries, especially ones rooted in colonialism, capitalism, or patriarchal structures, and contrast them with partnership-based models that enable people to have a different view of the world.”
As working title for their concept, ruangrupa has proposed: Lumbung, which directly translatable as “rice barn”, is a collective pot or accumulation system, where crops produced by a community is stored as a future shared common resource.
Lumbung (working title)
Short concept by ruangrupa for documenta 15
Lumbung, directly translatable as “rice barn”, is a collective pot or accumulation system, where crops produced by a community is stored as a future shared common resource.
If documenta was founded on the noble intention to heal European post-war wounds, shouldn’t we enlarge this intention to heal areas suffering from other wounds rooted in colonialism, capitalism, remoteness and patriarchism—just to name a few possible causes?
Learning from the accumulation of ruangrupa’s collective experiences in directly practicing institutional building as an artistic form, we proposed a collaboration to documenta in imagining, tinkering, experimenting and executing models of koperasi (closely but not exactly translatable to cooperative), a model of economy based on democratic principles of rapat (assembly), mufakat (agreement), gotong royong (commons), hak mengadakan protes bersama (right to stage collective protest) and hak menyingkirkan diri dari kekuasaan absolut (right to abolish absolute power). Lumbung as a model of resource governance will serve as the center point of this practice.
From Kassel, we are considering documenta as a pool of resources, located in the city but functioning in a global scale through a contemporary art ecosystem. We deem documenta to be the perfect partner for ruangrupa to implement a different model, and therefore understanding, of sustainability in supporting socially impactful contemporary art practice. To Kassel, we are envisioning an edition of documenta that is based on the city and the systems existing within and celebrate it with several strategies that focus on current interests like alternative education, regenerative economy models and the importance of art in social practice. These strategies include, but are not limited to, a sizeable art exhibition in regular documenta venues, series of 1:1 real practice in Kassel’s public services (such as schools, universities, banks, hospitals, TBD) and public programs. This to-and-fro scheme by putting Kassel in the middle of the process is conversational, intended to give birth to unforeseen hybrid art praxis and forms.
In the process, we will begin by working closely and collectively with curators, technologists and economists, as well as other initiatives and collectives in different corners of the world. These collaborators are then expected to employ their respective strategies in reality by grafting their existing practices, first in each of their particular contexts, to then be staged in Kassel in 2022.