Melati Suryodarmo’s performances have been dealing with the relationship between a human body, a culture in which it belongs to and a constellation where it lives.
Through the presence, she compiles, extracts, conceptualized and translates some phenomenon or subjects into movement, actions, and gestures that are specified to her performance. Melati Suryodarmo studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Germany under Marina Abramovic.
Suryodarmo has presented her works in various international festivals and exhibitions, including the 50th Venice Biennale (2003), KIASMA Helsinki (2007), Manifesta7, in Bolzano, Italy (2008), Transit festival, HKW Berlin (2009), Luminato festival of the arts, Toronto, (2012), Asia Pacific Triennale, Qgoma Brisbane (2015), Guangzhou Triennale (2015), Singapore Biennale (2016). For the Padepokan Lemah Putih Solo Indonesia, she has been organizing an annual Performance Art Laboratory Project and “undisclosed territory” performance art event in Solo Indonesia since 2007. In 2012, she founded “Studio Plesungan” an art space for performance art laboratory.
She is now working as the Artistic Director of the Jakarta Biennale 2017.