Jun 19, 2019 Last Updated 4:30 AM, Jun 18, 2019

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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The waste emergency

Jun 11, 2019 - ROLF HAJEK

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Government, producers and the public must all cooperate to tackle Indonesia’s waste problems

Bogus redemption

Jun 02, 2019 - MUHTAR HABIBI

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Mudik forms a bogus redemption for many precarious workers amid a lack of decent jobs in both rural and urban areas

Review: Bridges of Friendship

May 17, 2019 - ANITA DEWI

An excellent reminder of the strength and importance of relationships between people of different cultures

Aging remarkably

May 16, 2019 - DUNCAN GRAHAM

Tati (Tatik) Soepijarniwati, 86 years, seems too small, too slight and too old to agitate / Author

A lifelong activist and retired midwife is teaching her peers to stay engaged… and not burden their children

Review: Flowers from Universe

May 06, 2019 - LAURIE MARGOT ROSS

Consort seated at spinning wheel, c.1910.  Reproduced in CM Pleyte, De Inlandsche nijverheid in West-Java als social-ethnologisch verschijnsel. Vol. 2, 1911. Batavia: Javasche Boekhandel en Drukkerij.

Textiles from Java

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