Assoc. Prof. Nerisa del Carmen Guevara of the Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies and Faculty of Arts and Letters was the first Filipina feted with the Kelana (Adventurer) Residency as a part of Biennale Jogja partnership with Cemeti Institute for Art and Society. The residency will take place from June 10, 2019 to July 10, 2019 in Pambusuang, Mandar, West Sulawesi, Indonesia.
During the month-long residency, Guevara will be given one week of sailing and three weeks to research cultural references of the elegy in the coastal village of Pambusuang village, Mandar, West Sulawesi and other places.
Moreover, from October 20, 2019 to November 30, 2019, she will be a part of the 15th installment of Biennale Jogja: Equator series, which was aimed to investigate the notion of periphery as the main curatorial framework for the event.
Guevara will perform alongside artists and collectives, namely: Yennu Ariendra (Indonesia), Muslimah Collective (Thailand), Angki Purbandono (Indonesia), Ling Quisumbing Ramilo (Philippines), Made Bayak (Indonesia), Tran Luong (Vietnam), Ika Vantiani (Indonesia), Anida Yoeu Ali (Cambodia/USA), Hildawati Soemantri (Indonesia), Khonkaen Manifesto by Thanom Chapakdee (Thailand), Tamara Pertamina (Indonesia), and Pisitakun Kuantalaeng (Thailand).
Artists who were also feted with Kelana Residency include Ferial Affif (Indonesia), Sutthirat Supaparinya (Thailand), Nur Ipeh (Indonesia), Suvi Wahyudianto (Indonesia), Cut Putri Ayasofya (Indonesia), Arif Setyawan (Indonesia), and Tajriani (Indonesia).
Launched in 1988, Biennale Jogja is an international event organized by the Yogyakarta Regional Government and Yayasan Biennale Yogyakarta (YBY).
YBY launched BJ Equator series project in 2011 and focused on regions belonging to the equator, especially the Philippines.
The curators for the 15th Biennal Jogja are Akiq AW (Indonesia), Arham Rahman (Indonesia), and Penwadee Nophaket Manont (Thailand).