On Thursday July 28, Christopher K. Ho and Susanna Chung led a virtual walkthrough and conversation about AAA’s contribution to documenta fifteen.
Initiated by Jakarta-based collective ruangrupa, documenta fifteen is organized around the concept of lumbung (“rice barn”), which refers to communal buildings in rural Indonesia where the harvest is stored and distributed to the community. Collectivity and resource distribution constitute the main values and principles for the structure and working methods.
As part of a group of collectives and organizations working on education and archiving in an expanded sense, AAA’s contribution to documenta fifteen is a display that foregrounds the active role artists themselves have played in preserving and mediating cultural knowledge. Located in the Fridericianum—one of the first public museums in the world and one of the main venues of documenta fifteen—Translations, Expansions presents artworks and archival materials about collective undertakings by artists who learn from vernacular cultural practices across Asia.