Lumbung Magazine for documenta fifteen

In less than 2 weeks, documenta fifteen will be officially opened in Kassel, Germany, from 18 June – 25 September 2022. ruangrupa, a Jakarta-based collective was appointed as the curator—the first Asian curator to be precise—of this world renowned art exhibition.

For those who are not familiar with the art world, documenta is considered as one of the most prestigious high-quality global art event and even holds special position or on par with other world class biennales, such as the Venice Biennale or the São Paulo Art Biennial.

Judging by the scale of the project, it’s only natural if the collective has prepared for this project since 2019. The official announcement of ruangrupa appointed as the curator itself was on 22 February 2019 by the general director of documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH, Dr. Sabine Schormann.

The concept ruangrupa has prepared for documenta 15 is “Lumbung”. A lumbung – or rice barn – is a place to store communally-produced rice as a common resource for future use. If documenta was launched with the noble intention to heal European war wounds, this concept will expand that motive in order to heal today’s injuries, especially ones rooted in colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchal structures. (read more about the concept here)

So in short, it’s a communal work where curators, technologists and economists, as well as other initiatives and collectives in different corners of the world are working closely for this exhibition. These collaborators are then expected to employ their respective strategies in reality by grafting their existing practices, to then be staged in Kassel in 2022.

Now, here’s the exciting part.

Majalah lumbung for documenta fifteen, cover design by oomleo
Lumbung magazine English-German edition (cover design by oomleo)

I’m excited to share my involvement in documenta fifteen as editor for both Majalah lumbung and lumbung Kios publication. But since the work for lumbung Kios is still ongoing, I will only share about majalah lumbung. The use of Indonesian words for ‘majalah, ‘lumbung’, and ‘kios’ is intentional.

(Read also why I decided to take this project some times ago.)

As part of the exhibition, documenta fifteen is publishing two issues of a magazine that hone in on the core idea of the exhibition – collective working. The lumbung component in the title refers to the communal rice barn where Indonesian farmers store surplus crops to share. The two issues, Harvesting and Sharing, will be published together in one volume to accompany the exhibition.

Two edition of Majalah Lumbung (Indonesian-English version)

In total, there are 26 short stories and features by leading journalists, researchers, and writers from Indonesia, majalah lumbung touches on topics such as cosmology or architecture, food or eating together, thereby forming a foundation for the content featured at documenta fifteen. The individual contributions are conveyed through numerous illustrations and an attractive layout in magazine quality.

I worked along Putra Hidayatullah who also one of the lumbung members as Indonesian editors for this magazine. Each of us took one edition to work on, me with the ‘Harvest’ and him with ‘Sharing’. Then I continued the work as the editor and proofreader for the Indonesian and English languages. Zamira Loebis, a lecturer/ interpreter/ journalist/ TIME correspondent acted as the translator team leader for this magazine.

It was a pleasure to worked along great minds and amazing contributors from all over Indonesia, including one of my long-time idol in the field of social, art, and culture, Prof. Melani Budianta, M.A, Ph.D.

Prof. Melani Budianta’s writing for Lumbung Magazine

My favourite writing was from Rahmadiyah Tria Gayatri, a cross-media artist, producer, activist, and disaster literacy activist. Her piece is about collective movements after conflict and natural disasters in Central Sulawesi. She shared a haunting experience as a conflict and natural disaster survivor, but somehow managed to craft it beautifully and in a poetic way.

So if you’re in Germany or will be travel to west Europe around the same time of documenta fifteen will be held, make sure to pay a visit to this 100-days of world class art exhibition in Kassel and buy a copy of majalah lumbung!


The magazine is part of the four publications that are centered around documenta fifteen principles – like collectivity, sustainability, and shared resources – not only in terms of content, but also in their production process, appearance, and mode of distribution.

Majalah lumbung is published together with Hatje Cantz as partner publishing house and will be available in Indonesian, English, and German.

Approx. 320 p. | approx. 200 ill. | 20 x 26 cm | Softcover

€ 28,00 [D], € 32,00 [A] | ISBN 978-3-7757-5285-5 | June 2022

A Women Artists Project by Jakarta Arts Council

A Women Artists Project of the Jakarta Arts Council:

ArtistsAprilia Apsari, Julia Sarisetiati, Kartika Jahja, Keke Tumbuan, Marishka Soekarna, Otty Widasari, Tita Salina, Yaya Sung
Curator: Angga Wijaya

Exhibition: 4 – 19 October 2015, 11 am – 8 pm

Discussion on “The Image of Dharma Wanita in Social Context”
Tuesday, 6 October 2015 | 3 – 5 pm
Speakers: Julia Suryakusuma and Manneke Budiman
Moderator: Maulida Raviola

At Galeri Cipta II
Jl. Cikini Raya 73
Taman Ismail Marzuki
Menteng, Central Jakarta, 10330


buku WDP


244 pages
bilingual (Indonesian-English)

Preface by Irawan Karseno and Hafiz Rancajale

Authors: Angga Wijaya, Julia Suryakusuma, Manneke Budiman, and Maulida Raviola
Editor: Deasy Elsara
Translator: Ninus D Andarnuswari and Gesyada Annisa Namora Siregar

Info & order:


Women’s Art Project

In the last few years, the phrase ‘art project’ has been appearing in various art discussions and writings in Indonesia. Art as a project—referring to various possibilities of art development, both in collaboration and individually—has not been familiar in our art history. However, with the gift of hindsight, what the founding fathers of our modern art did actually led to the art project the way we interpret it nowadays. One simply can look at the project of Indonesian post-independence revolution poster, initiated by S. Sudjojono and Affandi together with Seniman Muda Indonesia, SIM (Indonesian Young Artists). S. Sudjojono laid down the foundation of art not just as an activity to investigate the aesthetic, but also as a means of struggle in collaboration with writers of the era, such as Chairil Anwar. Art as an art project hasn’t seen much development in Indonesia due to artists’ inclination of subjectivity and orientation to produce materiality, meaning work of art or object-based, as the end result. An art project in its process requires openness to develop what constitutes as ‘art’. This openness takes collaborative form of carrying out an activity that seems to have nothing to do with art.

In 2015, the Art Committee of the Jakarta Arts Council started a women artists’ project called Wani Ditata Project. This project is the Art Committee’s response to the Indonesian contemporary art development, taking into account the fact that art activities based on research and focusing on certain issues are becoming increasingly relevant today. The relevance of such project shows how art activity developed within a certain period of time and delving into a subject of discourse will have a significant impact on the contemporary art development—in the process production of knowledge also takes place that will be distributed by the end of the project.

Wani Ditata Project deliberately invites eight women artists of Jakarta and a young curator, Angga Wijaya, to facilitate this project’s development. The objective of inviting these women artists is to read the Jakarta contemporary art development in which they become the main players nowadays. Since its conception, the Art Committee of JAC has never particularly raised women issues in its programs. Thus the committee felt the need to specifically establish a women artists’ project while at the same time collecting the cultural, social and political discourses read through these artists. Hopefully this project will thrive and contribute to our contemporary art development.

Sincerely yours,
Hafiz Rancajale
Chairman of Art Committee
Jakarta Art Council
2013 – 2015


Download the festival newsletter here.

Project Manager: Ajeng Nurul Aini
Program Manager: Andike Widyaningrum
Writer: Angga Wijaya, Hafiz
Editor: Deasy Elsara
Translator: Ninus D. Andarnuswari
Designer & Layout: Rio Sadja
Media Relation: Dita Kurnia, Puri Dewayani
Production: Serrum
Documentation: M. Hasrul Indrabakti, Joel Thaher
Publisher: Rinam Antartika

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