Apotik Komik | Dec 12, 2004
Attended the Taipei Biennale on Friday the 10th December. A fascinating show that just doesn't quite come off, perhaps defeated by the difficulties of its venue. The show had a political edge, its tagline "Do you believe in reality?" intended not one might have supposed a chance to speculate on spectacle, but rather a consideration of "political and social realities", with a heavy emphasis on art as documentation of said realities.
One of the artist groups displayed was Apotik Komik, a Yogyakarta-based collective that has been making waves for some time. The exhibition documented their mural/graffiti projects, and murals and graffiti in Yogya more generally.
I also spent some time in the Eslite bookshop cruising Street Logos, launched earlier in the year by Thames & Hudson, documenting new trends in street art around the world.