THE MINISTRY of Tourism and Creative Economy supports the holding of the “Art Jakarta 2022” fine arts week which will take place on 26, 27-28 August 2022 at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) Senayan, Jakarta.

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno in his statement, Thursday (8/25), said I appreciated the ideas and ideas as well as the consistency of the Art Jakarta event in presenting a space that is expected to further trigger innovation, creativity, as well as the spirit of Indonesian creative players in developing and presenting works.

“We really appreciate the presence of ‘Art Jakarta 2022’ which is part of Indonesia’s spirit to recover faster and rise stronger. Art as a medium of expression deserves appreciation because it provides added value and encourages the Indonesian economy to move in a better direction,” said Sandiaga Uno.

Art Jakarta is an international art fair in Indonesia which started in 2009 and has become one of the barometers of the art ecosystem in Southeast Asia. Aside from being a space for expression and appreciation, this activity that presents the work of various curated artists is also expected to support the country’s creative economy.

Sandiaga said the creative economy has a major role in supporting economic revival and opening up job opportunities. Based on the data, the export value of the creative economy tends to be stable during 2017-2020, but will increase in 2021.

The value of creative economy exports at the end of 2020 reached US$18.78 billion and increased in 2021 to US$23.9 billion or 10% of the total national export value. The largest contribution of creative economy exports came from fashion commodities at 61.6%, 31.3 percent from craft commodities, and 6.9% from culinary commodities.

“Fine arts have great potential to continue to be developed, especially since Indonesia has potential resources that can be an inspiration and source of creativity,” Minister Sandiaga remarked.

The government itself targets to be able to open 1.1 million new jobs this year and 4.4 million jobs in 2024 through the tourism and creative economy sectors.

“Let’s support Indonesian artists to continue to work by appreciating their work. And to artists, keep the spirit of innovation and creativity taking advantage of existing opportunities to bring Indonesia’s name to the world,” Sandiaga noted.

Meanwhile, the Artistic Director of Art Jakarta, Enin Supriyanto, said that Art Jakarta 2022 was again carried out completely offline after the last two years it was carried out in a hybrid manner due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Art Jakarta had time to shift the exhibition format to digital under the title Art Jakarta Virtual. Then at the beginning of the year with a new concept art exhibition in the open green space of Hutan Kota by Plataran, entitled Art Jakarta Gardens. This exhibition was successful in presenting works from 20 galleries as well as leading artists displaying their best works, as well as NFT Art, witnessed by nearly 10,000 visitors.

“For this year’s Art Jakarta, I am happy and optimistic that this event will take place after being postponed twice due to the pandemic, also because our partners, both galleries, a number of business entities, as well as fellow artists and collectors, are all eager to get involved and participate,” Enin said.

Enin Supriyanto explained that this raises our spirit together. It is proven that our art ecosystem has resilience and is quick to reactivate. Hopefully this spirit will also reach general visitors, as they enjoy and appreciate the various works of art that appear at Art Jakarta this time. []