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.
Our founder and Director Kabul, is a formally trained established contemporary avant-garde Balinese painter. Both his solo and his collaborative works with communities have been exhibited in a variety of museums and galleries across Asia.
His collaborative work “Mimizu San” for example was exhibited at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan and “Arus Berlabuh Kita” at the Asian Civilisation Museum of Singapore. Kabul’s solo work can be viewed at www.budiagungkuswara.com
Kabul initiated Schizofriends Art Movement, dedicated to supporting people living with schizophrenia.
If not working in the Studio or at Rumah Berdaya you can find Kabul in one of the beaches windsurfing.
Our Co-founder has a Bachelor in Fine Art from the School of Art Design and Media at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. As a lens-based artist, she has exhibited her work in festivals and museums globally.
Sam drives the organisation by managing the team, initiating artists collaboration together with commercial and artistic partnerships. She divides her time in Bali and Singapore.
Her collaborative work with communities include “The Wax on Our Fingers” and “The Current/s We Call Home” created in partnership with Kabul. Mintio solo work can be found on The Artling.
If she is not running an art education program at the National Gallery of Singapore, teaching at Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, or thinking about our funding, she likes to do yoga and watch her robot vacuum cleaner move around the house.
Sam’s Big Question: “What should I have for lunch later?”
Dewi runs our projects and social enterprise side of the organisation. She is in charge of our administrations, logistics and operational need for projects and residencies.
Her accolade includes representing Indonesia (beating 32 other Indonesian social enterprises) and Ketemu in Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) programme by the Singapore International Foundation. Currently she is managing the British Council Developing Inclusive Creative Economy Project developing five new inclusive and artistic social enterprises.
When she is not running around sorting out our projects and products, you can find Dewi at another one of her enterprising hobbies, running a food stall in the many community markets in Bali.
Dewi’s Big Question: “No questions, I’m just curious to see what art can do for the communities!"
We are so pleased Intan chose to work for us as her first job. With a Bachelor Degree in Business Management from one of Indonesia’s prestigious universities, Gadjah Mada University, Intan brought a lot of enthusiasm as our Business Development Associate to Ketemu, including managing the partnerships and collaborations as well.
Intan is an excellent researcher, she is at the forefront of developing materials for our residencies, workshops, exhibitions, toolkits and other project resources. One of her most recent projects is the development of “Working with Disabled Artist toolkit for Indonesian organisations”.
On the weekends (note: she doesn’t often have one of these), she just enjoying her time watching Youtube videos of her favorite artists and goes sightseeing. Especially during summer (her favourite season), she can’t miss to go to the beaches!
Intan’s Big Question: “When will I be able to meet my favorite artists?”
Hilda has a Bachelor degree from Computer Science major, but she prefers to work as an accountant. She finds numbers are more interesting than codes. She started her career as an accountant in a one of fashion brands in Bali. Schizofriends Art Movement has caught her attention and she decided to join us here in Ketemu!
Hilda is the most important person at Ketemu, as she manages our finances. She keeps all of us in-check and projects align with the budget.
She loves travelling, and one of her dreams is that she can travel around Europe! As an introvert, she enjoys her days off mostly inside her home with her 3 cute dogs.
Hilda’s biggest question: “How could art be the voice of the minorities?”