ruangrupa is an artists' initiative established in 2000 by a group of artists in Jakarta. It is a not-for-profit organization that strives to support the progress of art ideas within the urban context and the larger scope of the culture, by means of exhibitions, festivals, art labs, workshops, research, and journal publication.
Mella Jaarsma was born in Emmeloord, the Netherlands at 9 October 1960. She grew up in the Netherlands and studied visual art at 'Minerva' Academy, Groningen (1978 - 1984), after which she left the Netherlands to study at the IKJ (Art Institute of Jakarta, 1984), Jakarta and at ISI ( Indonesia Institute of the Arts, 1985 - 1986), Yogyakarta and stayed ever since in Indonesia. In 1988, together with her partner Nindityo Adipurnomo she founded the Cemeti Gallery in Yogyakarta.