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Creating a socially conscious &

inclusive world with art and creativity.

Ketemu was conceptualized in 2011 by artists Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul) & Samantha Tio (Mintio). Kabul from Indonesia and Mintio from Singapore have been formally trained in painting and photography respectively. Feeling limited by the way their works and practice only extends to the audience in the commercial art market, the duo teamed up with the goal of developing projects with the participation of community members to address social issues and harness creativity for social empowerment. In 2012, Mintio and Kabul completed a chapter in their co-creation initiative with batik craft-makers of Klaten in central Java. The project titled “Malam di Jari Kita / The Wax on Our Fingers” was a collaboration to address the marginalized status of batik-workers in the craft and rural industries of Indonesia.
After two years of developing workshops and participatory activities for students and audiences to access the research of their projects, Mintio & Kabul established Ketemu Project Space at the beginning of 2015 as a platform for projects and the residency programs in Bali. “Danau Imaginasi Kami / Our Lake of Imagination” was a pilot project of the space, collaborating with students from Kintamani in an art and environmental education project. The space has programmed several workshops and dialogue session in its course and the team has grown to include two new members, Ruth Onduko and Mayun Dewi. Currently the team of Ketemu is focusing on programing and developing creative initiatives for Bali’s first psycho-social rehabilitation creative space for people with schizophrenia.

Projects Timeline

  • Malam di Jari Kita | The Wax On Our Fingers

    #tradition #craft #labor

  • Residency Program Launched!


  • Danau Imaginasi Kami | Our Lake of Imagination

    #environment #education

  • Merayakan Murni | Celebrating Murni

    2015 - 2016
    #gender #art history

  • Schizofriends Art Movement

    2016 -
    #mental health #family

  • Arus Berlabuh Kita


  • Anonymous Ancestors


Ketemu Team

Artist – Founder


Budi Agung Kuswara

Budi AgungKuswara (Kabul) is an Avant-garde Balinese contemporary artist based in his native island of Bali. In his artworks, he views materials as a living character and technique as a vehicle to deliver the characteristics of the materials he used. In the last 9 years, Kabul has been questioning the function of art. This led him to several society-with-art engagements. His collaborative works with communities are “Malam di Jari Kita” exhibited in The Baba House of the National University Museum, “Mimizu San” at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, “Arus Berlabuh Kita” at the Asian Civilisation Museum of Singapore. As the Founding Artist of Ketemu Project  Kabul initiated the Schizofriends Art Movement, dedicated to supporting people living with schizophrenia. This movement resulted in the formation of Rumah Berdaya, the first psycho-social rehabilitation in Bali focus on art and creativity for mental wellness and rehabilitation.

Social Enterprise Manager

Mayun Dewi

Was born in 1992, Mayun Dewi came from a mix culture family of native Balinese and Malang, East Java. In 2014 she graduated with a Bachelor of Tourism Business Management from Bali State of Polytechnic in Jimbaran, Bali. She started her career in Sales & Marketing department with a role in coordinating group bookings and in-charge of international groups event. She becomes one of Ketemu’s team since 2015 and gained a lot of experience in art management, especially in the field of administration, managing project budget & account reports, logistic and operational needs. In 2017 she represents Ketemu in Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) programme by the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and winning the chance for a study visit overseas and 6 months mentorship program, beating 32 other social enterprises across Indonesia.

Partnerships & Engagement

Intan Saraswati

Born in Cirebon, West Java, Intan spent her childhood by moving around Indonesia following her father’s job. Those continually changing environment made her fuelled by curiosity and eagerness to learn new things in her daily life. Her educational background includes a Bachelor degree in Business Management from one university in Yogyakarta. In her college life, she actively joined several internal as well as external college event committees. She has been working her first professional career as a business development associate in Ketemu Project. Outside of the office, she is interested in Balinese traditional dances and coming to gigs.

Co-founder & Director


Samantha Tio

With a Bachelors in Fine Art from the School of Art Design and Media at the Nanyang Technological University, Samantha has been practicing independently as a lens-based artist and also as a creative facilitator.  As the Co-Founder & Director of Ketemu Project, she has been working with the team to develop Ketemu’s contemporary art and social impact initiatives. She has extensive supporting cross-sector partnerships for social change. This year she was selected as a representative of her organization to be part of the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program together with 14 other Social Enterprise leaders from around Southeast Asia and took part in the inaugural Australia-ASEAN Summit.

Associate – Contemporary Art Projects

Ruth Onduko

Ruth Onduko was born in Semarang in 1983. She had graduated from the faculty of Communications Studies at the Gadjah Mada University, in Jogjakarta. Ruth moved to Bali in 2008 where she started her career at the Museum Kartun Indonesia. There she had learned to managed exhibitions from Priyanto Sunarto, Pramono R. Pramoedya and Widiantoro. In late 2009 Ruth moved to Ubud to work in an art gallery. She began to work intensely in art management with her position as Gallery Manager at Tonyraka Art Gallery for over 2 years. Ruth is also actively involved in independent projects with Balinese art collective, G-five, together with other art and photography communities. She was the Project Manager for “Merayakan Murni / Celebrating Murni” a collaborative contemporary art initiative by Ketemu Project Space, on the legacy of late Balinese artist I GAK Murniasih.

Associate – Sustainability Projects

Yohanis Lamere

Yohanis Lamere (Ais) is originally from Tanimbar, Saumlaki. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and have years of experiences managing environment and sustainability projects. He wrote his thesis about environmental communication, was interning at Institut Francais Indonesia (IFI), Yogyakarta and managed Climate Change Festival as pre – Paris COP21 conference 2015.  After graduation, he was sponsored by the Young South East Asia Leadership Initiatives (YSEALI) to do the six months’ internship at Green School Bali and went to the United States for 5 weeks YSEALI Academic Fellowship program on environmental issues and natural resources management hosted by East-West Center. He is recently involved with the team as project manager for Ketemu Tumpek Uduh sponsored by Creative Climate Leadership, a project who aims to raise environmental consciousness through Balinese traditional ritual to respect plants and vegetation called, Tumpek Uduh.