Nadin Reschke & Setu Legi
29. 03 – 21. 04. 2018
Sarang Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Troubling Forms was realised in collaboration with: Caroline Rika Winata, Om Syamsul, Prapti Alpandi, Surya Wirawan, Agustina Ponila, Oktafianti Putri, Dodi Irwandi, Silvana Fadlilah, Dian Astuti, Agustina Rahma, Sisca Dwi Ananda , Nana Lou Reschke, Leo Aranya, Josha Ananta, Embun, Rozzan, Dito, Aoi, Stefani, Christina Schott, Fendry Ekel dan Ferdi Thajib


The up-rise of new rightist movements, racism, xenophobia and the growing social inequality in Europe threatens basic democratic values like tolerance. What is the situation in Indonesia, a country with such cultural, religious and linguistic diversity?

Do you feel you live in a tolerant society? How do you experience in/tolerance in your daily life? Are you tolerant with yourself? With these and other questions artists Nadin Reschke from Berlin and Setu Legi from Yogyakarta opened a common space of enquiry and invited people to collaborate in their project „Troubling Forms“.

Starting point was a workshop in Batik Simbut – a traditional batik technique using rice flour and palm sugar. Answers, viewpoints as well as individual experiences were batiked as texts and images on large cotton flags. The artists and participants continued with taking the questions onto the streets and into daily life, interviewing neighbours, friends and people in Yogyakarta.

Bringing all voices together creates a multitude of positions and viewpoints. The result is a tent made from all Batik cottons sewn together referring to a longhouse. The betang – a traditional form of long, narrow housing in Borneo, where the community lives together sharing public and private areas – serves the artists as a model for a common space, where everybody is equally respected.

Nadin Reschke engages with social issues, collaborating with people from outside the art world, initiating communication between them and creating a framework for social action. She has spent a one-month-residency in Yogyakarta on invitation of KUNCI and OFCA International, which was supported by the ifa – Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations Germany and Jogja InterKultur.

Setu Legi understands art as a medium to express social critic and to initiate development. He usually explores all kind of media and techniques in his installations. This is his third collaboration with Nadin Reschke after 2005 in Yogyakarta and 2006 in Dresden.


We cordially invite you to: 


A dialogue between Nadin Reschke & Setu Legi

Thursday, March 8th, 3 pm-5.30 pm at KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Jl. Ngadinegaran MJ III/100, Yogyakarta 55141


Berlin-based artist, Nadin Reschke, uses this proclamative subjunctive to examine some of her collaborative projects in public space. In her artwork she engages with social issues, collaborating with people from outside the art context, triggering communication and creating a framework for social action. For her work “So far so good“, Nadin travelled for 2 years with a tent to 14 countries. In this journey, she embroidered on the tent in collaboration with artists and different communities of each country she visited. For the latest project “VEST“ she engaged with women from a Women’s Association in setting up a fashion label narrating migration history through individually designed and sewn clothes.

Nadin is now in Yogyakarta on a 1 month research residency collaborating with Setu Legi on a project researching batik traditions in the light of social and political changes. Both artists will engage in a conversation and share reflections on the linkages between their artistic practices and the political meanings of “social action“.

This project is hosted by Jogja Interkultur & KUNCI, and supported by the Artists Contact program of the ifa -Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.



Rauma Museum- Marela, Rauma, Finnland


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Nadin Reschke in collaboration with Erika Raittila, Kristiina Virtanen, Meri Haavisto and  Rauman Seudun Työttömät (Rauma Unemployment Office)

During the 2 months RaumArs Art Residency Nadin Reschke engaged with people in Rauma to find out how clothes and everyday fashion reflect and create identities.Reschke worked together with a group of women from the Association for the Unemployed of Rauma in a collaborative design and sewing process. Together they set up a textile studio and worked for one month continuously in several workshops and different locations throughout the city. They used different techniques such as silk-screen printing to design handmade fabrics. Each of the women designed and sewed a dress that reflects part of their identity. Central topics discussed in the design process were geographical aspects, for example the importance of the sea, the influence of nature and weather conditions, but also historical, political as well as biographical aspects.

The final set dresses were shown by the women in a performative action in the Rauma Museum (Marela) and documented in a series of staged photographs. The rooms of the museums that once were home to the ship owner family Granlund provided a historical setting on which the women reacted. In these photographs you see the women in everyday activities like reading and knitting as if the museum was their home, thereby transforming the museum to a place of contemporary life.


SIMULIZI MIJINI / URBAN NARRATIVES Things don’t really exist until you give them a name.
16. – 28. März 2017

Ausstellungsort: Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZK/U)
Die Ausstellung dokumentiert und diskutiert die im Austausch von afrikanischen und deutschen Künstlern und Forschern entwickelten Arbeiten. Ausgangspunkt ist die Fragestellung nach Formen der kulturellen Repräsentation von Alltagspraxis als gesellschaftliches Kulturerbe.



SIMULIZI MIJINI / URBAN NARRATIVES Things don’t really exist until you give them a name.
March 16 – March 28, 2017

Center for Art and Urbanistics ZK/U
The exhibition documents and discusses the exchange of the artworks by African and German artists and researchers. The leading question of the project is how social representations of everyday life are shaping our cultural heritage.



Tongue Lecture

with Leslie Kuo and Nadin Reschke

Akademie der ZUsammenKUNFT, Berlin

28.10.2016,  5 pm

The Akademie der ZUsammenKUNFT at the House of Statistics, is a platform for exchanging artistic practices and other forms of knowledge. The academy is part of the activities of the House of Statistics, located in a vast tower block complex at Alexanderplatz in Berlin. The aim of the House of Statistics is to establish a Centre for Refugees ­ Social Action ­ Art – and communal Democracy. For this purpose, the Akademie der ZUsammenKUNFT tries out different formats of exchanging knowledge, skills and experiences. The goal is to find out what we can learn from each other, as well as what can be learned together, in order to realise a project like the House of Statistics.

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TONGUE – Partizipatives Kunstprojekt


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„If Only We Could“
Artist Talk
Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salam, Tanzania
10.02.2016 at 5 pm

Berlin based artist Nadin Reschke uses this proclaimative subjunctive to examine some of her collaborative projects in public space. In her artwork she engages with social issues, collaborating with people outside the art context in the work’s development. Her process-based projects trigger communication and create a framework for social action. In the past 10 years she has realised numerous international projects. For her work „So far so good“ Reschke travelled for two years with a tent in 14 different countries. In a collaborative process she embroidered on the tent with artists and the wider communities that she got involved with in each country. For the latest project „VEST“ she engaged women from a Women’s Association in setting up a fashion label narrating migration history through individualized designed and sewn clothes. In her lecture she will examine to what extent „social action“ is political and to what extent a social interest takes the place of the political.

Nadin Reschke, VEST, 2014 (c) Victoria Tomaschko