The 4th Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale: “Ways Of Clay : Perspectives toward the future”


17 November 2016


Opening Reception : December 7th , 2016 . 7.00 PM

Venue :
Building A- B and C
National Gallery of Indonesia

Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur. No.14
Jakarta 10110, Indonesia

Open for public :
Dec. 8th 2016 – Jan. 22nd 2017

Free admission

Monday to Sunday
From. 11.30 AM to 5.30 PM

Exhibition Closed every public holiday

The 4th Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale (The 4th JCCB), will be held featuring works by 42 artists, from 23 countries. The 4th JCCB is a biggest contemporary ceramics biennale in southeast Asia.

With the theme “Ways of Clay: Perspectives Toward the Future”, JCCB#4 aims to interpret history as a perspective that we can use to understand future ceramic art practices. JCCB doesn’t look at history merely in a scholarly context of ceramic art history as a discipline. Rather, the biennale hopes to look at the history of clay and ceramic media usage within the wider art practice. In other words, clay and ceramics will be placed in a context separate from their categorical boundaries (or burdens). The reality of history demonstrates the fact that clay and ceramic-based media cannot be confined within aesthetic categories as formulated by modern art. Furthermore, clay and ceramic media continue to draw the attention of artists from diverse backgrounds and practice. This historical legacy becomes JCCB’s main motivation to continue to invite the involvement of artists from diverse backgrounds.

“Ways of Clay: Perspectives Toward the Future” tries to understand the connection between the artist’s ideas/concepts and the various ways of [artistic] expressions, where the artist’s individual perspective toward material and media defines or influences his or her creative process and appreciation. “Status” describes the condition and state of ceramic art practice, while also reflecting a political meaning, especially in the context of art history, theory, and discourse.
Interestingly, ceramic art practice has always embodied a paradox on many levels—either as material, media or object. For instance, the ephemeral-permanent paradox of clay and ceramics; the rural-cosmopolitan between ceramic craft and ceramic design; exclusivity vs. mass production between hand- or traditional-craft and industrial products.

The 4th JCCB Artists in Residence

The 4th JCCB is unlike previous editions of JCCB, because it begins with an extensive artists-in-residence program, held simultaneously at several locations. Artists spend one month interacting with local situations, both socially and culturally. From August to November 2016, a total of 20 artists, from Indonesia and abroad, work in diverse settings in various cities across Indonesia. Some artists work in ceramics villages, while others hone their creative skills at artists’ studios, ceramic schools, as well as ceramics factories. JCCB-4 works closely with residency hosts to accommodate the artists as best as possible.

This year’s residency program informs future JCCB events. We have learned valuable lessons, among which: that an international-scale biennial becomes more interesting if it can nurture positive interactions between the artists’ and local communities. Secondly, residency-inspired works provide a stronger sense of connection between the artists and their local communities. Thirdly, this model can help activate and enrich the ceramic art ecology by connecting artists with art education institutions, individual ceramics studios, industrial-scale ceramics factories, traditional ceramics producers, and ceramics community.  Locations and host of the residencies:

Bandung; FSRD-ITB, ISBI-Bandung, Kandura-Studio, Ahadiat Joedawinata Studio, SMKN 14 (SMSR). Majalengka: Jatiwangi Art Factory (JAF). Yogyakarta: Timboel Rahardjo Studio-Kasongan, Arskala Prinsciple Studio. Semarang: Sango Ceramics. Bali: Jenggala Ceramics, Agung Ivan Studio, Tanteri Ceramics.

Artists in Residence:
Angie Seah (SG) – Arya Pandjalu (Id) – Awangko Hamdan (MY) – Danijela Pivašević-Tenner (RS/DE) – Eddie Hara (ID/CH) – Elodie Alexandre (FR/IN)
– He Wenjue (CN) – Joris Link (NL) – Jose Luis Singson (PH) – Joseph Hopkinson (WLS / UK) – Kawayan De Guia (PH) – Ljubica Jocic Kneževic (RS) – Maria Volokhova (UA/DE) – Nao Matsunaga (JP/UK) – Pei-Hsuan Wang (TW) – Richard Streitmatter-Tran (VN) – Ryota Shioya (JP) – Soe Yu Nwe (MM) – Thomas Quayle (AU) – Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko (ID)

Details of the residencies program link to :

One of the most fundamental differences between JCCB and other international ceramics exhibitions lies in the involvement of non-ceramists. Almost all periodic international-scale ceramics exhibition are organized to showcase, exclusively, works by ceramists or ceramic artists.

The JCCB is an event that opens its doors to non-ceramic artists. It carries the same spirit as the above mentioned exhibitions. However, perhaps the greater influence behind the JCCB creed is the Indonesian art landscape itself, that has placed ceramic art within the fine art locus. In this way, JCCB has unwittingly placed the foundations that help set itself apart from other ceramics biennial, while at the same time, demonstrating the relevance of the context behind its establishment. The keywords that best describe JCCB are “inclusive” and “expansive”. Inclusive in a sense that JCCB will always be open to, and invite the involvement of, artists that are not necessarily ceramists by trade. It is expansive because it supports artistic breakthroughs and explorations of diverse interpretations of ceramics, materially and conceptually.

Artists (Non Residency):

Agugn Prabowo (ID) – Alice Couttoupes (AU) – Ane Fabricus Christiansen (DK) – Antonella Cimatti (IT) – Diego Akel (BR) – Eddie Prabandono (ID) – Eva Larsson (SE) – Geng Xue (CN) – Gita Winata (ID) – Heri Dono (ID) – Kyoko Uchida (JP) – Kyung Won Baek (KR) – Masha Ru (RU/NL) – Moelyono (ID) – Nadya Savitri (ID) – Panca DZ (ID) – Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (AU) – Sarah O’Sullivan (AU) – Takashi Hinoda (JP) – Teri Frame (US) – Tomoko Sakumoto (JP) – Yunizar (ID)

Programs of the 4th JCCB

Seminar WAYS OF CLAY : Perspective Toward the Future
Special Presentation , Artists Talk
Thursday , Dec 8th 2016
11.00 – 16.00 WIB
Seminar Room GNI

Artists Talk , Ceramic Sharing and Presentation
From Dec 9th 2016 to Jan. 22nd 2017.
11.00 AM to 4.00 PM
Seminar Room GNI

Gallery Tour
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until January 22nd , 2017.

Ceramic Workshops
With Ganara Art Space

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 – 3 Sessions
@10 – 11am / @11am – 12pm / @1-2pm


Sat, 10 Dec 2016
Public Adult Tour @ 1 – 2 pm
Adult Class @3 – 5 pm

Sun, 11 Dec 2016
Public Kids – Teen Tour @ 1 – 2 pm
Kids – Teen Class @ 3 – 5 pm


Sat, 17 Dec 2016
Public Class Tour @ 1 – 2 pm
Adult Class @3 – 5 pm

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 @ 3 – 5 pm
Public Kids – Teen Tour @ 1 – 2 pm
Kids – Teen Class @ 3 – 5 pm

COLORING/PAINTING (in tile / plates / mug )

Sat, 24 Dec 2016
Public Kids – Teen Tour @ 1 – 2 pm
Kids – Teen Class @ 3 – 5 pm


Sat, 7 Jan 2017
Public Class Tour @ 1 – 2 pm
Adult Class @3 – 5 pm

Sun, 8 Jan 2017
Public Kids – Teen Tour @ 1 – 2 pm
Kids – Teen Class @ 3 – 5 pm


Sat, 14 Jan 2017
Public Class Tour @ 1 – 2 pm
Adult Class @3 – 5 pm

Sun, 15 Jan 2017
Public Kids – Teen Tour @ 1 – 2 pm
Kids – Teen Class @ 3 – 5 pm

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 – 3 Sessions
@10 – 11am / @11am – 12pm / @1-2pm

COLORING/PAINTING (in tile / plates / mug )

Sat, 21 Jan 2017
Public Class Tour @ 1 – 2 pm
Adult Class @3 – 5 pm

Sun, 20 Jan 2017
Public Kids – Teen Tour @ 1 – 2 pm
Kids – Teen Class @ 3 – 5 pm

Public Kids 5 – 8yo & 9 – 12yo

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 – Fri, 23 Dec 2016
Session 1 : 10 am – 11 am
Session 2 : 11 am – 12 pm

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 – Fri, 30 Dec 2016
Session 1 : 10 am – 11 am
Session 2 : 11 am – 12 pm

Contact workshop:

Artshop : Selling ceramics of the studios around Bandung, Jakarta and other.

Instagram : @jccb_indonesia
Facebook Page : JakartaContemporaryCeramicsBiennale
Twitter : @jccb_indonesia

Organisation The 4th JCCB 2016.

Initiator of the JCCB : Asmujo J. Irianto, Rifky Effendy

Director : Rifky Effendy . Artistic Director: Asmujo J. Irianto. Curators : Nurdian Ichsan , Rizki A. Zaelani. Residency Coordinator: Nia Gautama (Head). Assistants: Akbar Adhi Satrio (FSRD-ITB) , Erik Rifky Prayudhi (ISBI-Bandung), Nadzifa Hidayati, Nesa Pratama, Natas Setiabudhi, Apri Susanto (Yogyakarta). Secretary: Andi Nadya Aurora. Finance : Tania Kardin. Editor: Yakobus Ari Respati, Axel Rizky. Graphics: Yudo Satrio, Yosefa Aulia. Exhibition Officer : Puja Anindita. Photography : Tim JCCB-4.

Contacts :
Andi Nadya Aurora :

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