Presenting National Pavilion Indonesia SAKTI at the 55th Venice Biennale 2013.
The theme of the Indonesia Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale is Sakti, a concept taken from Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage and interpreted in the context of contemporary art practice.
In Sanskrit, sákti refers to primordial cosmic energy and the personification of divine, feminine creative energy; it also indicates change and liberation. Of Indian origin, the Hindu concept of sakti was quickly integrated by Indonesians into their local cosmology, becoming associated with such mythical female figures as the rice goddess Dewi Sri and the South Sea Queen, and with certain objects like the keris (ritual dagger). Read More