May 19, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Urban Indonesia

Art and the city

Indonesian artists are using new media to rethink urban space

Dealing with social exclusion

Illegal squatters in Jakarta struggle for recognition of their homes and livelihoods

Stars and stereotypes

The big business of Indo celebrities creates illusory expectations but things may be changing

Playing with the past

Critics say it’s just a fad but some young upper middle-class Indonesians are rediscovering forgotten histories

The spirit of Sudirman

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

Religious Bandung

Bandung’s government opts for a religious program that matches the city’s character

Social justice by design

Architect Antonio Ismael Risianto promotes planning for the urban poor

When money rules over voice

Regional autonomy and spatial planning in Bandung benefits the elite

A city without social justice

Jakarta needs more green space, but not at the expense of the poor

Down by the riverside - Kali Code

Photo-essay: Kali Code is the heart of a diverse and eclectic community

Staying clean

Drug rehabilitation in Indonesia

Faith, flags and festivities

Images of highlanders at home and abroad

Chocolate Strawberry

An Indonesian film breaks new ground on the subject of teenage sexuality

Indonesia'€™s Q!Film Festival

Young Indonesians are using an alternative film festival to promote awareness of sexual diversity

Skin deep

Young Indonesians struggle to resist the power of the skin whitening industry

Crime and criminality

This edition of Inside Indonesia explores the complex politics of illegality

The rise and fall of a gangster

Ethics and politics don’t mix in the world of Jakarta’s preman

Marginal and tattooed

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

Global fashion, remixed

Indie designers rework commercial iconography – and the business of clothing production

Disabled megalopolitan

Jakarta’s disabled are striving for a better deal.

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