Lumbung is a word from the Indonesian language.
It means: Rice barn.

But Lumbung can also mean many other things.

For example:

  • Friendship,
  • working well together,
  • sharing things,
  • looking after everyone in a group.

That is why Lumbung is an important idea
for documenta 15.
If you read further, you can find out more about it.

In this text, the word Lumbung
is always written with an upper case L.
But it might be written in lower case in other texts.
The word looks like this then: lumbung.

The meaning of Lumbung in Indonesia

There are rice barns in many villages in Indonesia.
These rice barns are wooden buildings.
If farmers have too much rice,
they put it in these wooden buildings.

If people in the village do not have enough rice,
they can take some rice from the rice barn.
But they have to follow some rules.
This is how the people in the village help each other.

The meaning of Lumbung for documenta 15

ruangrupa thinks:
documenta 15 should be like a rice barn.

That means:
Different artists work together.
They help each other.
For example:

  • By sharing ideas,
  • by making pieces of art together,
  • or by giving money,
    so that other artists can make pieces of art.

If artists work together, they can do more.

Artists are people who make artworks.
That means for example:

  • They make paintings.
  • They build figurines.
  • They make films.
  • They work together with other people.
  • Or they do various things
    to make the life of many people better.

Pieces of art can be many different things.
For example:

  • Paintings,
  • photography,
  • films,
  • figurines
  • or special events.
    People can talk to each other there, for example.

The rules of Lumbung

An important part of Lumbung is following rules.
ruangrupa thinks it is important that:

  • There are places at documenta 15
    where artists can meet.
    Then artists can talk about their ideas.
    And they can make plans for artistic events together.
  • At documenta 15
    A group of people should make the decisions.
    Not just one person.
  • documenta 15 is a meeting place
    for many different people.
    These people can talk about their ideas.

The Lumbung network

At documenta 15,
many different people make up a network.
This network is called the Lumbung network.
It is made up of:

  • people from the city of Kassel
    and 14 groups of artists from all over the world.

Network means:
Many different people and groups work together.


The 14 Lumbung members

These are the 14 groups of artists from all over the world.

Britto Arts Trust

This group is from the country of Bangladesh.
The group started in the year 2002,
The group makes pieces of art all over the world.
These pieces of art are very colourful.
They are made from many different things.

The photo shows a colorful entrance hall of a cinema building, the glass door in the foreground. The walls are painted with various motifs from the art, pop and film scene, such as Marylin Monroe in a golden frame or the Last Supper motif; here with bright pink, blue, yellow colors on large wall.


This group is from the country of Aotearoa.
Another name for this country is: New Zealand.

FAFSWAG started in the year 2013.
It helps different groups of people.

For example: Indigenous people in Aotearoa.

The group photo shows the artists' collective FAFSWAG. All look friendly, standing into the camera. One person squats in the middle, he/she has al single sunglasses on and has a striking green plush coat from which his/her thigh is visible. The woman next to it, standing in the middle, holds a prize in her hand and the other around the squatting person. All stand in a pleasantly bright room, in the background small sculptures and a modern drawing.

Indigenous people are the very first group of people
to live in their country.

Fondation Festival sur le Niger

That is pronounced this way:
Fon dah sion Fes ti val ser le Nee jeh.

This group is from the country of Mali.
That is a country in Africa.

This group started in the year 2009.
It organises a festival in Mali.
You can see many pieces of art at this festival.

Procession during the Festival sur le Niger celebration. Procession during the festivities of the Festival sur le Niger: The photo shows a dark-skinned African person with a flashy cappy, brown dreadlocks and lots of chains. He has sunglasses on and a golden whistle in her mouth connected to a kind of homemade trumpet in his hand. In the background blue sky and many other people at the party.


This group started in Indonesia in the year 2018.
Different artists work together in this group
to learn from each other.

Gudskul in Jakarta, Indonesia. Gudskul in Jakarta, Indonesia. The photo shows from above the building with a blue logo on which Gudskul stands. In front of it a street with passing scooters. The building is located in a built-up area of the city but with a lot of green trees, palm trees and in the background the skyscrapers of Jakarta.


This group is from Spain.
And started in the year 2009.
The people in this group have different jobs.
For example:

  • Farmers,
  • people looking after other people
  • and artists.
It is dark, only a light bulb hanging down in the middle is shining. People are sitting around it and looking into the center, where a large round cheese is lying under the light bulb. This is cut by the male person squatting in front of it. Among the people, a dog also looks excitedly at the action.


That is the short term for:
Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt.
This group is from the country of Cuba.
It started in the year 2015.
The group helps the people of Cuba:

  • to read many different books
  • and to learn important things.


That is the short term for: Jatiwangi art Factory.
This group is from the country of Indonesia.
And started in the year 2005.
It creates many pieces of art.
For example:

  • Films,
  • music
  • and it organises events.
The Family of JaF at the opening of the Village Video Festival.Family of JaF on the occasion of the opening of the Village Video Festival. The photo shows a very large group of about 40 people all smiling and gesticulating, for example, the peace sign, looking at the camera. In the first row are mostly children or young people.


MAMA is the short term for:
Más Arte Más Acción.
It is pronounced this way:
Mas Ar te Mas Ack thee ons.

MAMA is a group from the country of Colombia.
The group:

The artists use this money to make pieces of art.

Photo from the project Srinagar/Kashimir. The photo shows gray smoke, in the center something slightly orange bright. In the first moment it reminds of a volcanic eruption.

An art exhibition is a special event.
People can do many different things there.

For example:

  • They can have a look at various pieces of art.
  • They can talk to other people.
  • And they can take part in the event.

Pieces of art can be many different things.
For example:

  • Paintings,
  • photography,
  • films,
  • figurines
  • or special events.
    People can talk to each other there, for example.

OFF-Biennale Budapest

This group is from the country of Hungary.
It started in the year 2015.
The group organises a big art exhibition every two years.

It helps artists to be in charge of their own work.
At the moment the country of Hungary tells
the artists what to do.

The photo shows a group peacefully demonstrating on a crosswalk. Some are holding up black and white portrait photos of smiling people. Gladness Demo, a restaging of Endre Tót’s Gladness demonstrations of the 70s by Kristóf Kovács at Telep Gallery, Budapest, October 8, 2017, as part of GAUDIOPOLIS 2017/OFF-Biennale

Project Art Works

This is a group of artists from Great Britain.
Each artist has:

  • A different mental condition
  • and their own special way of making art.

The artists want to show:

  • everyone is different.
  • everyone can be an artist.


In an exhibition room, between two wall-sized colorful paintings, stand a man wearing a red sweatshirt and a woman wearing a floral motif sweater. The man holds his hand gently against the woman's cheek, both smile. Solo exhibition as part of a collaboration between Project Art Works and Phoenix Art Space

The Question of Funding

This is a group from Palestine.
They find out:

  • how artists can make changes in their country
  • and what help they need.


Illustration of the Question of Funding shows on a blue background with white pen painted dots which again surround green dots. These are connected with each other with lines. The entire drawing contains handwritten notes in English and Arabic.

The Trampoline House

The Trampoline House was a special building
in the country of Denmark.
This group started to meet in the Trampoline House in the year 2010.
The group help refugees.

The Trampoline House building has gone now.
But the group continues their work.
They also take part in art exhibitions.

Fashion show in Trampoline House during its ninth birthday in 2019. The photo shows a catwalk improvised in the hallway on which a cheerful dark-skinned woman wears a white traditional robe. The spectators and children are clapping or filming with their smartphones.

Refugees are people
who had to leave their country.
For example:
Because the country is at war.

Wajukuu Art Project

This is a group from Nairobi.
That is a city in the country of Kenia in Africa.

In Nairobi, many young people do not have much money.
This group helps these young people.
For example:

  • They show young people how to make art.
  • They teach them useful things,

so they can then have better lives.


ZKU is the short form of: Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik.
This is a building in the city of Berlin
in the country of Germany.
More than 500 artists work here.

This groups brings different people together.
For example:

  • people from different countries
  • people with very little money
  • people from different groups.

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