The joint exhibition is an activity that offers an informative point of view for the public towards schizophrenic rehabilitants that they are generally not isolated from art. The rehabilitants can interact directly through creative processes based on the reactions of the patients. They can also create works that define borders of the world inside and outside, surface and depth, as well as self and others. They present unpredictability in visuals, forms, lines, nuances and many more thanks to their ability in extraordinary phantasy.
In creating their works, the Outsider Artists in commonly depict their naïve trait, creating visuals of the development of their inner self and imagination. In such cases, they feel content with their spontaneous and as is works. Yet, they continue to explore their isolated self in the disturbed dimensions through the strokes of their brushes. Thus, the value of a work in general cannot be cut off from knowledge in art and the life of an individual, yet it also can also convince us that experience, surroundings, media and other variables can be great influence.
When entering the Galeri Cipta III, Taman Ismail Marzuki, we will be greeted with names such as John Medethen with the title “skizo A4”. It is a normal visual but it conveys a very imaginative presentation. John builds assumptions through an A4 paper with slightly blurred texts. Lili Suwardi’s work is different in the sense that the work titled ‘jendela masa kecil’ (childhood window) is an illustration of her efforts in seeing the outside world filled with many playgrounds. Although the main subject is a person peering out the window longing for the outside world, Lili wants to convey her longing to her surroundings. Other creative works are no less fascinating, with some built on collaboration on canvas. A painting title Mr. Serotony & Ms. Dopamina is a result of Arie Dabo and Suhari Bunadi duet.
Hospital without wall is a term for works of schizophrenia patients and has a unique power to create awareness of the public on how to deal with the dominance of the logical thoughts. By exhibiting the works across the cultural landscape of the city of Jakarta, such works can create a new channel of expression and communication that shift our perspectives into other forms.
Therefore, the isolated context is not only associated to mental problems but also a direct activity that allows the outsider artists to connect with other works and their intriguing experiences. In the end, an exhibition is a process of communication between works and ideas among them. Communication in this sense is how we see an art exhibition is not only built among the artists but also refers to the issues surrounding the art that are becoming more open to the public.
Such understanding has been the fundamental aspiration of the Jakarta Biennale with the theme Maximum City: Survive or Escape, appreciating artistic forms within the last two years. It serves as a room for the public and public groups to grow in creativity and present such growths to the public. Outsider artists works can be well-represented in the event and create discursive room for isolated groups, allowing exploration towards ideas and creativity of the humankind. It serves as an opportunity for the public to learn in an intimate fashion works that express the importance of reflection upon life experiences. It serves as a message of closeness that can be appreciated through imagination in a special narration process. It marks not only the intimacy in individuals interacting socially, but it is also a guiding process for creativity for isolated and surviving people in the city. (SR/21/10/2011)