Ketemu Project Space | About Ketemu
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Ketemu aims to facilitate socially conscious interactions with communities through art and creativity.

Ketemu was conceptualized in 2011 by artists Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul) & Samantha Tio (Mintio). Kabul from Indonesia and Mintio from Singapore have been formally trained in painting and photography respectively. Feeling limited by the way their works and practice only extends to the audience in the commercial art market, the duo teamed up with the goal of developing projects with the participation of community members to address social issues and harness creativity for social empowerment. In 2012, Mintio and Kabul completed a chapter in their co-creation initiative with batik craft-makers of Klaten in central Java. The project titled “Malam di Jari Kita / The Wax on Our Fingers” was a collaboration to address the marginalized status of batik-workers in the craft and rural industries of Indonesia.
After two years of developing workshops and participatory activities for students and audiences to access the research of their projects, Mintio & Kabul established Ketemu Project Space at the beginning of 2015 as a platform for projects and the residency programs in Bali. “Danau Imaginasi Kami / Our Lake of Imagination” was a pilot project of the space, collaborating with students from Kintamani in an art and environmental education project. The space has programmed several workshops and dialogue session in its course and the team has grown to include two new members, Ruth Onduko and Mayun Dewi. Currently the team of Ketemu is focusing on programing and developing creative initiatives for Bali’s first psycho-social rehabilitation creative space for people with schizophrenia.

Projects Timeline

  • Malam di Jari Kita | The Wax On Our Fingers

    2011-2012
    #tradition #craft #labor

  • Residency Program Launched!

    2014

  • Danau Imaginasi Kami | Our Lake of Imagination

    2015
    #environment #education

  • Merayakan Murni | Celebrating Murni

    2015 - 2016
    #gender #art history

  • Schizofriends Art Movement

    2016 -
    #mental health #family

Ketemu Team

Artist – Founder

Kabul

Budi Agung Kuswara

Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul) was born in Bali in 1982 and had graduated in a Bachelor in Fine Art from Indonesia Institute of the Art, in Yogyakarta. His first solo exhibition “i.self” was at Komaneka Fine Art Gallery in 2009. In the same year he presented work at regional gallery Valentine Willie Fine Art and was presented for the “3 Young Contemporaries” program as one of the most cutting edge young contemporary artist in Southeast Asia. Moving on in his career, Kabul has presented collaborative works on an international level at the Asian Triennial in Manchester and at the San Francisco Art Institute. Kabul was invited to participate in the prestigious Artist in Residency Program at the Fukuoka Asian Art Musem and produced work based on his Balinese traditions. Together with Mintio, Kabul presented Ketemu’s first collaborative project “Malam di Jari Kita” at the Indonesian Contemporary Arts Network in Yogyakarta and at the Baba House of National University of Singapore Museum.

Operations & Social Enterprise Manager

Mayun Dewi

Mayun Dewi was born in Denpasar in 1992. Her dad is a native Balinese from Klungkung regency and her mother came from Malang, East Java. She spent her childhood in Sanur, a place that is known as a coastal stretch of beach with beautiful sunrise in Denpasar. In 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor of Tourism Business Management from Bali State of Polytechnic, Bukit – Jimbaran. During her campus life, she was active in various committees, including Indonesia Hell’s Kitchen Audition in Bali and CEVA Conference Asia Summit 2014. She started her career as a Sales Admin in one of a fine dining restaurant in Kuta, named Ma Joly Restaurant. After 2 months, she was promoted as MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference, Exhibition) Coordinator and in-charge of international groups event.  Currently she is a manager of Ketemu Project Space, where she gains new insights into producing creative programs.

Artist – Director

Mintio

Samantha Tio

Mintio is a visual artist born in Singapore. Trained as a photographer at the School of Art Design and Media in Nanyang Technological University, Mintio has been actively creating works and participating in exhibitions both locally and abroad. “Table for One” was Mintio’s first public venture into a participatory project, in which she dined with people she found eating alone over a span of one year. Following that in 2010, she participated in an artist-in-residence program hosted by MES 56, a photography collective in Jogjakarta. The project “The Wax on Our Fingers” was the outcome of her residency, where she had produced batik-portraits of batik makers from the village of Kebon Indah together with fellow artist Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul).

Residency & Programs Coordinator

Ruth Onduko

Ruth Onduko was born in Semarang in 1983. She had graduated from the faculty of Communications Studies at the Gadjah Mada University, in Jogjakarta. Ruth moved to Bali in 2008 where she started her career at the Museum Kartun Indonesia. There she had learned to managed exhibitions from Priyanto Sunarto, Pramono R. Pramoedya and Widiantoro. In late 2009 Ruth moved to Ubud to work in an art gallery. She began to work intensely in art management with her position as Gallery Manager at Tonyraka Art Gallery for over 2 years. Ruth is also actively involved in independent projects with Balinese art collective, G-five, together with other art and photography communities. She wass the Project Manager for “Merayakan Murni / Celebrating Murni” a collaborative contemporary art initiative by Ketemu Project Space, on the legacy of late Balinese artist I GAK Murniasih. ​