I take stories from around and inside ourselves, and retell them to you with sights, sounds, tactility, space, time and your own perception of things.
Tintin Wulia (b. 1972, Denpasar) lives and works in Melbourne and Denpasar. Her work is a reflection on borders, and her approach is comparable to critical geopolitics. In her process she often focuses on several icons of borders as points of departure: the wall, the passport, and the map. For and through these icons, she studies the physical-spatial-liminal nature of borders; the relationship between citizenship, mobility, and political power; and between territory, mapping and cartography.
Tintin Wulia’s works often present different perspectives and layers of reality, all at once. Believing that people are the perfect randomiser, she highlights the arbitrariness of geo-political borders by staging participatory performances – including simple games, auction and collective mural-making – onto her rendition of borders that takes form in installations, often interactive and with video. These participatory works serve as tactile playgrounds for her audience to take part in a process where borders are either diffused or made visible, with chance and randomness as prominent features. When the audience finishes participating in the process, the output of this process is then transformed into an installation, in which facts and fiction are often weaved together. The props in these performances often include video, mural, objects and texts. She also works with these mediums separately.
Tintin’s works have been shown in major international exhibitions including at the Istanbul Biennial, Yokohama Triennial, Moscow Biennale, Jakarta Biennale, Gwangju Biennale, Asia Pacific Triennial, Van Abbemuseum, FACT at Liverpool Biennial, Museo de Arte Contemporánea (MARCO) de Vigo, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) London, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (ICAS), ZKM/Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture (Universitas Katolik Parahyangan, Bandung, 1998) and a Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring (Berklee College of Music, Boston, 1997). She is a recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award for her practice-led research PhD in art at RMIT University, Melbourne.
Tintin is represented by Osage Gallery, Hong Kong.
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