Mella Jaarsma


Born in the Netherlands in 1960, Mella Jaarsma has become known for her complex costume installations and her focus on forms of cultural and racial diversity embedded within clothing, the body and food.
She came to Indonesia to continue studying art in mid-1980’s. In 1988, she co-founded Cemeti Art House (with Nindityo Adipurnomo), the first space for contemporary art in Indonesia, which to this day remains an important platform for young artists and art workers in the country and region.
(Selected recent exhibitions): 20th Sydney Biennale (Australia, 2016), ‘The Roving Eye’, Arter, Istanbul(Turkey, 2014), ‘Suspended Histories’, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam (2013), ‘Singapore Biennale’(2011), ‘GSK Contemporary – Aware: Art Fashion Identity’, the Royal Academy of Arts, London(2010), ‘Accidentally Fashion’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (Taiwan, 2007), Yokohama Triennial (2005)