Melati Suryodarmo (b. 1969, Surakarta)’s performances have been dealing with the relationship between a human body, a culture in which it belongs to and a constellation where it lives. Through the presence, she compiles, extracts, conceptualized and translates some phenomenon or subjects into movement, actions, and gestures that are specified to her performance. Melati Suryodarmo´s performances concern with cultural, social and political aspects, in which she articulates through her psychological and physical body. Her performances feature elements of physical presence and visual art to talk about identity, energy, politics and relationships between the body and its environments.
Suryodarmo studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Germany under Marina Abramovic. She has presented her works in various international festivals and exhibitions since 1996, including the 50th Venice Biennale 2003, Marking the territory, IMMA Dublin. e.t.c. In 2005, Melati Suryodarmo has performed at the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, during the Exhibition of the Life of Egon Schiele in 2005; Videobrasil Sao Paolo (2005), Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, 52nd Venice Biennale dance Festival (2007), KIASMA Helsinki (2007), Manifesta7, in Bolzano, Italy (2008),and In Transit festival, HKW Berlin (2009), Luminato festival of the arts, Toronto, (2012), Asia Pacific Triennale, Qagoma Brisbane (2015), Guangzhou Triennale, Guangdong, China (2015); Singapore Biennale, Singapore, (2016). Since the last six years, Suryodarmo has been presenting her works in Indonesia and other South East Asian countries. For the Padepokan Lemah Putih Solo Indonesia, she has been organising an annual Performance Art Laboratory Project and “undisclosed territory” performance art event in Solo Indonesia since 2007. In 2012, she founded “Studio Plesungan” an art space for performance art laboratory. She is now working as the Artistic Director of the Jakarta Biennale 2017, one of the core visual arts biennale in South East Asia.