Melati Suryodarmo is an Indonesian artist whose practice is closely connected to performance and dance. Her father, Suprapto Suryodarmo, was a renowned dance artist and choreographer. Memory of Water shows Melati wearing a hooded outfit made from paper, exploring the ‘soul’ of Suprapto’s derelict house, not long after his death. For Melati, ‘the body becomes a home which functions as a container of memories, a living organism […] I intend to touch the fluid border between the body and its environment’.

Translated as ‘Clothes Ape’, Melati Suryodarmo’s work Kleidungsaffe reflects upon society’s excessive consumption and the universal human desire to belong. A tree-like structure is strung with hundreds of locally-donated clothes gathered from Arnhem residents and from the local clothes bank. The work is a durational performance first made and performed by Suryodarmo in 2006. The performance involves a person sitting on the tree’s perch for hours at a time, embracing the trunk. Their presence represents the social and economic ladder that many migrants feel they must climb to be accepted by society.