Arahmaiani: Breaking Words

Arahmaiani: Breaking Words
510 Fort Street, Victoria BC
Sunday, March 17, 2019,
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 17 from 3:00PM - 5:00 PM, Open Space presents Arahmaiani's performance "Breaking Words."

Arahmaiani is an Indonesia-based artist whose research and practice has shaped contemporary artistic production in Southeast Asia. While her work incorporates various media such as painting, video, dance and installation, she is primarily known for her performance work that addresses the impact of imperialism and industrialization on current political conditions. For the past eight years, a particular focus of her work has been in environmental issues in the Tibetan plateau region, where she has been actively collaborating on-site with Buddhist monks and villagers to foster greater environmental consciousness through an array of ongoing community projects. Combining political criticism, spirituality, and identity, Arahmaiani has defined herself as a prolific artist and activist.

Since 1980, Arahmaiani has been included in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions around the world. Her works have been performed and exhibited widely in museums and biennials, including: the Venice Biennale (2003); Biennale of the Moving Image, Geneva (2003); Gwangju Biennale (2002); Bienal de São Paulo (2002); Performance Biennale, Israel (2001); Biennale de Lyon (2000); Werkleitz Biennale (2000); Bienal de la Habana (1997); Asia-Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia (1996); and the Yogya Biennial (1994).

Welcoming audience participation, "Breaking Words" is one of Arahmaiani's most provocative works, in which she engages with plain dinner plates representing both the ephemerality of life and language.

This performance is taking place as part of the Sche'chulth month of events. Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria is a series of curated events occurring throughout the month of March that will address the centering of Indigenous artists and artists of colour in the local arts community.

The program is a partnership among Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires, the Indigenous Arts Collective, the ProArt Alliance of Greater Victoria, and Open Space Arts Society, along with other individuals and organizations. FMI:


Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Coast Salish and Lekwungen-speaking peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.

Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 23 stairs. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. If you have any other questions or concerns in regards to accessibility, please contact or 250-383-8833.