May 16, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Visual Arts

Art for Allah’s sake

A unique pesantren, founded and led by an internationally recognised Indonesian calligrapher, attracts men and women from all over the archipelago

The spirit of Sudirman

A mural competition in Yogyakarta sees Indonesians reinterpreting their revolutionary past in the light of present concerns

Heritage and paradox

Wayang Golek is proclaimed a masterpiece, but what is its future?

Decorated for success

Photo essay: Competition leads to artistry and danger on the streets of Kupang

Graphic resistance

Photo-essay: Dissent and struggle are persistent themes of images adorning walls across East Timor

Demonstrating diversity

Photo-essay: Yogya’s community protests against the Pornography Bill

Hot debates

A law on pornography still divides the community

Beyond the Museum

Asmat bisj-poles gain new meaning in a Papuan refugee protest in Melbourne

Arnold Ap and Theys Eluay

Political assassinations targeted West Papua’s culture and political identity

The name game

Or, the years of living with no one to blame

Inventing Papua

Migrants from South Sulawesi have played an important role in manufacturing a Papuan identity

A new artistic order?

The arts scene has changed radically since 1998, but some of the old uncertainties remain

Marginal and tattooed

A group of Jakarta punks challenges the criminal stigma attached to tattoos

Festival Mata Air

A community takes a fresh look at water

We refuse to become victims

Indonesian, Australian and Timor Leste artists collaborate

Diany Sinung: from poverty to painting

GLORIA FRYDMAN talks with successful artist Diany Sinung about her favourite subject, other women.

Agung Kurniawan: 'My main theme is violence'

TOM PLUMMER talks with a graphic artist in Yogyakarta whose work is drawing international praise.

Writing on the wall

Remember the election last May? MAS SUJOKO was there and listened in to the people's vote, recorded on walls all over Yogyakarta.

Art for a better world

TOM PLUMMER speaks with Moelyono, an artist engaged with farmers threatened by a large dam.

M16s for punks

Punk rockers turn to Yogya craftsmen for ‘guitar weapons’.

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