ART Jakarta’s return is an important signal of the recovery of Indonesia’s art ecosystem that has experienced difficulties during the pandemic.

According to Culture Director General at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, Hilmar Farid during the opening of 2022 Art Jakarta at Jakarta Convention Center on Friday (8/26), said this shows that art plays a pioneering role in the national recovery effort. Let us hope that this exhibition can inspire us all to explore artistic inspiration for a more sustainable life.

He also noted that the difficult situation has encouraged many artists to experiment. Their experiments have ranged from art exhibitions held via social media to online concerts.

During the event, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), Erick Thohir, urged people to promote culture, such as by appreciating artworks. Culture can unite a nation; culture and art can also become a foundation so that Indonesia is not fractured.

He explained that how can we as a nation unite? Appreciate what becomes our culture. This is why I am extraordinarily happy when this Art Jakarta is held once again. Over the past two years, the pandemic has greatly affected the art ecosystem, both globally and domestically.

“After the situation gradually improves, people are expected to promote art and culture so that the ecosystem can revive,” Minsiter Erick Thohir concluded.

The 2022 Art Jakarta is being held from August 26 to 28, 2022, at Jakarta Convention Center. The art exhibition has several segments, such as Art Jakarta Galeri, Art Jakarta Spot, AJX, AJ1, Bali Art Scene, Art Jakarta NFT, and Art Jakarta Talk.

At the exhibition, visitors will be able to view various artworks such as paintings, installations, statues, and NFTs (non-fungible tokens). The exhibition also has an interactive space for children to learn about the environment through art. [antaranews]