Take this opportunity to witness the 12-hour performance I am a Ghost in My Own House by Melati Suryodarmo on 19 June, between 10 am and 10 pm. This performance is part of her exhibition at the Bonnefanten.

  • Date: 19 June 2022
  • Time: 10 am to 10 pm
  • Location: Bonnefanten

Come and watch this unique performance!

There is also finger-licking good extra programming:

  • Charcoal Drawing Workshop
    By Sandor Sinko
    Throughout the day you can join this free drop-in workshop
  • Introduction to the exhibition I am a Ghost in My Own House
    By guest curator Philippe Pirotte
    Duration 20-30 minutes, continuous throughout the day

  • Father's Day campaign
    Fathers can try their luck at the wheel of fortune
    Did you win? Then you get a smouldering prize!

  • Finger linking good sateh!
    Prepared by Senang Hatti
    For sale all day long
    The satehs are freshly roasted in our courtyard garden

I am a Ghost in My Own House

The title of the exhibition comes from Suryodarmo’s performance of the same name, which goes on for twelve hours. In this performance, she grinds charcoal on a stone mortar for twelve hours, exhausting herself, while also drawing on the energy potential of the charcoal. Suryodarmo, therefore, sees the charcoal as symbolic of a life cycle that inevitably ends in death.

“For Suryodarmo, pulverising the charcoal symbolises her tiredness and physical exhaustion, which are coupled with her being uprooted and her return to Indonesia after living in Germany for many years. This explains the title I am a Ghost in My Own House.” - Philippe Pirotte, guest curator

Learn more about the exhibition I am a Ghost in My Own House:


Header: Melati Suryodarmo, I am a Ghost in My Own House, 2012. Photo Courtesy of the artist.  Photo: Riki Zoelkarnain