Documenta 15 Unveils Its Artist List for 2022, Including Jimmie Durham, Dan Perjovschi, and Lots of Collectives

Oct 1, 2021

If you were lucky and happened to be at the right newspaper vendor in Germany on Friday, October 1, you might have picked up a copy of Asphalt—a publication that is sold to benefit poor and people struggling with homelessness. Within its pages, the art collective ruangrupa announced their artist list for the 2022 edition of Documenta.

The Indonesian group has named 51 artists or collectives who will participate in the show that is set to take open on June 18, 2022. More names may be added later. The street paper will be the official media partner for the major quinquennial exhibition. It is available by mail or email subscription.

Participants have been broken off into smaller groups, called “mini-majelis,” (majelis is the Indonesian word for council) and Asphalt reports that they have already begun working together. Ruangrupa will not comment about the details on the participants and organization structure until next week.

Left to right: Iswanto Hartono, Daniella Fitriap and Reza Afisina from the artist collective ruangrupa in front of the ruruHaus in the October issue of Asphalt with the complete artist list of the exhibiting artists of documenta. (Photo by Uwe Zucchi/picture alliance via Getty Images)

In the announcement, the nationalities of the participants are not mentioned—only their local time zone. Johannesburg’s Keleketla! Library, Nairobi-based Nest Collective, and Jimmie Durham are among those listed.

Tickets are now on sale for the exhibition. For the first time, one can also buy a “solidarity ticket” that can be retrieved by another person as a free ticket.

In 2019, Ruangrupa announced their concept for the exhibition would be lumbung, which is the Indonesian word for rice barn, a storage site for communally-produced rice. The collective has also announced several venues which are being used for the first time during the 2022 show, including the former site of a transport engineering company and Hallenbad Ost, a former Bauhaus-designed indoor pool.

The October issue of the street newspaper Asphalt, opened to the page with the complete artist list of the exhibiting artists of documenta 15. (Photo by Uwe Zucchi/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Here is the current artist list, apparently organized by “mini-majeli,” listed with the individual time zones they work in:

ikkibawiKrrr (KST)
ook_reinaart vanhoe (CET)
Richard Bell (AEST)
Taring Padi (WIB) Wakaliwood (EAT)

Arts Collaboratory (diverse Zeitzonen)
Black Quantum Futurism (EST)
Chimurenga (SAST)
Jumana Emil Abboud (EET)
Nino Bulling (CET)
Agus Nur Amal PMTOH (WIB)
Subversive Film (CET, EET)

Cinema Caravan und Takashi Kuribayashi (JS)
Kiri Dalena (PHT)
Nguyen Trinh Thi (ICT)
Safdar Ahmed (AEST)
Sakuliu (TST)

Atis Rezistans / Ghetto Biennale (EST,WET)
Marwa Arsanios (CET)
Sourabh Phadke (WET,IST)
Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh (BT,WT)
*foundationClass* collective (CET)

Another Roadmap Africa Cluster (ARAC) (WAT,CAT,EAT)
Archives des luttes des femmes en Algérie (WAT)
Asia Art Archive (HKT)
Centre d’art Waza (CAT)
El Warcha (WAT)
Graziela Kunsch (BRT)
Keleketla! Library (SAST)
Komîna Fîlm a Rojava (EET)
Sada (regroup) (AST)
Siwa plateforme – L’Economat at Redeyef (WAT)
The Black Archives (CET)

Baan Noorg Collaborative Arts and Culture (ICT)
Dan Perjovschi (EET)
Fehras Publishing Practices (CET)
Nhà Sàn Collective (ICT)
The Nest Collective (EAT)

Hamja Ahsan (WET)
Jimmie Durham (CET)
La Intermundial Holobiente (WET,ART,EST)
Pinar Öğrenci’ (CET)
Saodat Ismailova (UZT)

Amol K Patil (IST)
Cao Minghao & Chen Jianjun (CST)
Sa Sa Art Projects (ICT)

Alice Yard (AST)
Erick Beltrán (CET)
LE 18 (WAT)
Party Office b2b Fadescha (IST,EST)
Serigrafistas queer (ART)