Coffee and Conversations with Melati Suryodarmo



Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo returns to her exploration of human inhabitations and our relationship with abandoned spaces. She utilised materials collected from her hometown in Surakarta, Indonesia – the same city where she founded Studio Plesungan, an experimental space focused on performance art. Join Melati in this in-depth discussion as she talks about her practice and processes during her residency at STPI.


Best known for her powerful and emotionally charged stage presence, Melati is fascinated by the resilience of the human body; how it is able to adapt and push its own boundaries for newer ways of being human. She has presented her works in various international festivals and exhibitions, including Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2016); Asia Pacific Triennale, QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia (2015); Luminato Festival of the Arts, Toronto, Canada (2012); and Manifesta7, Bolzano, Italy (2008).