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Irwan Ahmett

Country(activity based):
Performing Art, Intervention


Born in 1975.
Graduated from Jakarta Institute of Art, majoring in Graphic Design in 1996.

Recent 5 main activities are:

Autopsy of History/2016/Legal Aid office Jakarta (Personal Event)
The Flame of the Pacific/2016/ST Paul St Gallery, Auckland-New Zealand (Personal Exhibition)
The World re-imagines the World/2016/ Indonesian Pavilion, London Design Biennale (Group Exhibition)
5th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition 'Negative Horizon'/2016/Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei (Group Exhibition)
Hacking Conflict/2015/13th Biennale Jogja, Yogyakarta (Group Exhibition)

It has been almost 3 years we work on our specific theme project 'The Flame of The Pacific', an intervention project on geopolitical issues in Pacific Rim. The project will run for another 7 years to complete one decade. So far we have achieved various opportunities internationally such as exhibitions, commission works and residency programs. We aim to create projects based on history and attempts to respond the complexity of the issues with out-of-the-box thinking. Our activities have so far encouraged cross-disciplinary interaction among institutions, activists to journalists. The local and international media covered and helped us in seeing how far our achievement is, but more importantly is how art with its universal value can be a self-fulfillment as well inspire society.

About works / performance


Autopsy of History, The Serpent (2016, Performance, Intervention)
Photo: Sigit D. Pratama

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180º, Turning Skytower, a landmark in Auckland, New Zealand (2016, Performance, Intervention, Video) Photo: Irwan Ahmett

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Restitution of 1755, The boy with special needs is reciting the Addendum to Treaty of Giyanti 1755. (2015, Performance, Intervention, Video)
Photo: Rangga Aditiawan

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1001st Island - The Most Sustainable Island in Archipelago, 2015, Performance, Intervention, Video Photo: Irwan Ahmett

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Inseparable flakes, 2016, Performance, Intervention, Video mapping Screen capture from the video

Longevity, Pacific ocean when typhoons approaching Taiwan (2015, Performance, Intervention, Video) Photo: Rangga Aditiawan

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Salting the sea, (2015, Performance, Intervention, Video)
Photo: Rangga Aditiawan


The Flame of the Pacific by artists Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina is a decade-long series of interventions within the ring of fire. Ahmett and Salina have worked together since 2010, responding to urban and public space issues in one of the most populated cities in South East Asia: Jakarta, the capital of Republic of Indonesia. Everyday acts of social disobedience, tactics and spontaneous forms of negotiation and exchange have influenced their modus operandi in producing works since they began working together. Furthermore, Ahmett and Salina speculatively apply a ‘politely subversive’ form of practice they developed in Jakarta to other contexts, through travel to other countries as well building social networks as a way to understand the complexities of globalisation, issues of history, human tragedy, environmental threats, and individual vulnerabilities within the contemporary economic system.

Ahmett and Salina are motivated to explore the territorial boundaries and polemic issues that define Pacific Rim region. They set out to intervene in the status quo through art which reflect the ‘zeitgeist’, as an interactive experience rather creating intellectual spectacle or static knowledge. This approach to form allows for the existence of tensions as well as resolutions in addressing instabilities – both below the earth’s plates (tectonic forces) and on its surface (ideological forces).