Kerjasama, or ‘Collaborate’, is a reciprocal visual arts residency between an Indigenous Australian and an Indonesian artist. Two successful applicants complete a six week residency in Alice Springs, Australia followed by another six week residency in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Kerjasama was launched in 2014 through Asialink’s Arts Residency Laboratory, in partnership with Artback NT, Australia and Cemeti Art House, Indonesia.
The first round of Kerjasama was participated by Akiq Abdul Wahid (Yogyakarta) and Reko Rennie (Melbourne). For three months, from 1 April until 30 June 2014, Akiq AW stayed in Alice Springs and hosted by Artback NT. While Reko Rennie stayed in Yogyakarta and hosted by Cemeti Art House from 1 September until 30 November 2014.
The second round of Kerjasama was participated by Doni Maulistya (Yogyakarta) and Karla Dickens (Sydney). In this residency period, both artist stay together in Alice Springs for six weeks from 18 May until 26 June 2015. Then afterwards they stayed in Cemeti Art House for another six weeks from 15 November until 31 December 2015. A final presentation in form of exhibition was held in the end of their residency period in Jogja.
The third round of Kerjasama is followed by Timoteus Anggawan Kusno (Yogyakarta) And Tony Albert (Sydney). They have started the first six weeks residency in Alice Springs from 18 May until 26 June 2016 and will continue the second term in Cemeti Art House on 8 September until 20 October 2016.
This exchange residency program is a collaboration between Asialink, Cemeti Art House and Artback NT. The exchange is supported by the Australian Government through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Northern Territory Government through Arts NT.