The Independence Project, is a series of cross-cultural exchanges between the Melbourne-based gallery Gertrude Contemporary and colleague organisations, curators and artists throughout Asia. In 2015 Gertrude is working with Yogyakarta-based curators Kristi Monfries and Grace Samboh to facilitate a range of residencies and projects in both Indonesia and Australia.

The 2015 Indonesia–Australia partnership focuses on the collective and cross-disciplinary practices for which the Indonesian art scene is renowned. This approach sets the scene for a number of collaborative projects between Australian and Indonesian artists working beyond the gallery in performative and participatory modes.

The project launched in early 2015 with residencies for four Australian artists: Tom Nicholson in Jakarta and Dan BellRaquel Ormella and Lara Thoms in Yogyakarta . 

Lara Thoms collaborative project with Wok the Rok Metallica Riots in ’93: Kerusuhan was presented at 4A Gallery, Sydney in May 2015 with the second phase of this exchange ‘Ancient MSG’ presented at Gertrude Contemporary in December 2015.