Residency
Courtesy of Jatiwangi art Factory

Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF)

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Jatiwangi Art Factory (established in 2005) is a community that embraces contemporary arts and cultural practices as part of the local discourse in a rural area. Their diverse activities, always involving the local public, include a video festival, a music festival, a residency programme, a discussion series, the development of a Collective Forest called ‘Perhutana’, and a TV and radio station. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the clay industry in Jatiwangi made it the biggest roof-tile producing region in Southeast Asia. A hundred years later, in 2005, using the same clay, JaF encouraged the people of Jatiwangi to create collective awareness and identity for their region through arts and cultural activities. In doing so, JaF aims to cultivate clay with more dignity and to enhance the collective happiness of the community. Currently, Jatiwangi is striving for its regional identity to become ‘Kota Terakota’ and has been approved by the Head of the Regency Government to be included in the City Detailed Spatial Planning Plan.

Since 2005, Jatiwangi Art Factory has organised numerous public programmes and festivals involving various citizen groups and artists. Together with musicians, they formed a band consisting of police, soldiers, and the sub-district head as a vocalist. Collaborating with local and central governments, Indonesian and international artists and collectives, environmental organisations, and non-governmental organisations.

In 2022, Jatiwangi Art Factory was one of the collectives invited by Documenta Fifteen in Kassel. In practice, Jatiwangi Art Factory works together by involving various organisations and the local community of Kassel. Until now, they still maintain continuous connectivity to develop various collaboration possibilities in multiple disciplines.

Zero Point, terracota city, courtesy of Jatiwangi art Factory
Zero Point terracotta city, courtesy of Jatiwangi art Factory
Zero Point, terracota city, courtesy of Jatiwangi art Factory
Perhutana Brick Certificate, courtesy of Jatiwangi art Factory
Clay currency, courtesy of Jatiwangi art Factory
Elgea Balzarie, photo courtesy of the artist.
Courtesy of Jatiwangi art Factory
Courtesy of Jatiwangi art Factory
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The project 'Clayground' is a collaboration between esea contemporary and Jatiwangi Art Factory (JaF), with kind support from the British Council Connect Through Culture Grant.

The project focuses on two themes: clay and forest, rooted in JaF's research in the Jatiwangi region. The edible clay initiative explores the relationship between land and inhabitants, while the forest initiative aims to reclaim and conserve land amidst urbanisation. Participants in the forest initiative receive land lots, contributing to environmental conservation efforts. The Jatiwangi region, historically known for its clay roof tile production, has faced challenges due to urbanisation driven by major infrastructure projects. From its colonial history to recent industrial growth, the landscape has transformed significantly, impacting social dynamics and industries such as roof tile manufacturing. JaF's community art practice engages with these urban dynamics and infrastructure changes, influencing regional development.

During this residency, JaF will continue their ongoing projects, connecting them to the city of Manchester and the UK ecosystem. The project aims to creatively address urgent transregional environmental justice issues through cross-cultural exchange.

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