Melati Suryodarmo (b. 1969, Solo, Indonesia) graduated from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunscheweig, Germany under the tutelage of Marina Abramović and Anzu Furukawa with a Meisterschüler qualification in Performance Art. Her practice is informed by Butoh, dance and history, among others. Her work is the result of ongoing research in the movements of the body and its relationship to the self and the world. These are enshrined in photography, translated into choreographed dances, enacted in video or executed in live performances.
Suryodarmo is having her first museum solo presentation, Why Let The Chicken Run?, Museum MACAN, Jakarta, Indonesia (2020), and will be participating in the upcoming Bangkok Art Biennale 2020: Escape Routes, Bangkok, Thailand (2020) and Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone, Asia Society Museum, New York, U.S.A. (2020). She has presented her work in various international festivals and exhibitions, including Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia (2019); Arus Balik – From below the wind to above the wind and back again, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore (2019); Reanacting History: Collective Actions and Everyday Gestures, National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Gwacheon, South Korea (2017); SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, National Art Centre Tokyo & Mori Art Museum, Japan (2017); Afterwork, Para Site, Hong Kong (2016); East Asia Feminism: FANTasia, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea (2015); 8th Asia Pacific Triennale, QAGOMA, Queensland, Australia (2015); 1st Asia Biennial & 5th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China (2015); The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, Arter, Istanbul, Turkey (2014); Medium at Large, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2014).
Since 2007, Suryodarmo has been organizing an annual Performance Art Laboratory and Undisclosed Territory, a performance art festival, in Solo, Indonesia. In 2012, she founded “Studio Plesungan”, an art space for performance artists to use as a laboratory. In 2017, she served as Artistic Director for the JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017. She currently lives and works between Gross Gleidingen, Germany and Solo, Indonesia.