Jan 21, 2020 Last Updated 12:10 PM, Jan 21, 2020

Visual Arts

Review: Landscape of the soul

An exhibition of wall-hangings and mixed-media depicts the experiences of European Dutch and Eurasian people in Indonesia during the Japanese Occupation, the Revolution and after
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Design and architecture in Indonesia

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  Alexandra Crosby

The role of design in social change has received increasing public attention in the last decade. User-centred, iterative, participatory flexible approaches to the design of objects, spaces, communications, services and experiences are valued by policy makers and firms all over the world to address issues of social justice, sustainability and urban development. Simultaneously the territory within which design operates has been changing. Design is sometimes used synonymously with consumerism, urban tastes, and globalisation, such as ‘designer handbags’, but what design is and what it does is much more complex, and many of these new definitions of design are emerging in Indonesia.

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Chinese whispers: The art of reflection

Chinese whispers: The art of reflection

Essays and Fiction is a new series of writing in Inside Indonesia that aims to give voice to more personal stories about Indonesia. We welcome submissions in the form of reflective pieces, fiction, artwork, or essays about travel and fieldwork experiences.

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Everything is allowed

Everything is allowed

The generation of artists rising after Reformasi is failing to create meaning outside the art market

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Preserving landscapes

Preserving landscapes

Budi Brahmantyo continues a lineage of scientific art for which West Java’s natural resources have provided the subject

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Herstory in art

Herstory in art

Titarubi’s art challenges masculinity in Indonesian visual arts and beyond

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Art for the people

Art for the people

Taring Padi takes stock of a more than a decade fighting the political establishment – with art as its weapon

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Art for Allah’s sake

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

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The spirit of Sudirman

The spirit of Sudirman

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

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Small island life

Jan 16, 2020 - MOHAMAD RACHMADIAN NAROTAMA

Javanese-born transmigration farmers cross from Ranai Island to Sedanau Island to sell vegetables on a daily basis / Narotma, 2017

Remote island communities are fighting for greater autonomy and more suitable, fair development

Lost Lasem

Jan 07, 2020 - VANIA DJUNAIDI

Tiongkok Kecil Heritage Lasem – Jl. Karangturi / Author

Photo essay

Pious bikies

Dec 19, 2019 - WASISTO RAHARJO JATI

Members circulate invitations through social media such as WhatsApp and Telegram/ Bikers Subuhan Jogja Facebook Group

Yogyakarta’s Dawn Prayer Bikers are converting an outlaw tradition into a prayer ritual

Fiction: Pasung

Nov 22, 2019 - MAYESTICA DE JONG

/ Andrea Star Reese for Human Rights Watch

  His gaze is fixated on an indeterminate spot behind me, his arms hang loosely by his sides. Wearing nothing but a pair of faded black shorts, his ribs and collar...

Contraception at a crossroads

Nov 11, 2019 - LOUISA-ANNE BUWALDA

Adam Cohn @Flickr

Indonesia’s 50-year-old family planning program has been a great success but is struggling to adapt with women’s needs

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