Feb 26, 2024 Last Updated 12:52 AM, Feb 22, 2024

Arts

Amri Yahya and the Sydney University Labor Club

A link to Australia’s support of the Indonesian revolution

Dancing against violence

Not even Mount Kelud erupting could stop Yogyakarta's activists from standing up against violence to women as part of One Billion Rising

Connecting with tradition

A nearly extinct rural Sundanese art form is being revived in an urban setting

Defining the Nation?

Indonesia at the Venice Biennale, 2013

Seeking identity, seeking Indonesia

Pulang'sauthor reflects on writing the stories of those unseen and unheard

Review: Voices from the unheard

Leila S. Chudori’s novel Pulang is an important addition to a growing literature examining the events of 1965-66 and its aftermath

Review: Taking a musical journey in Sumatra

Margaret Kartomi’s life-long devotion to bringing Sumatran music to the world is revealed in her major contribution to analysing and preserving this musical heritage

Performing on the inside

Theatre therapy in a narcotics gaol is helping inmates survive

Poets against silence

Two young Solo poets believe poetry should serve the people

Review: My name is Khan

This Indian film’s popularity reveals a popular critique of the US

Reviews: Flipping the national story of 1965

Recent ground-breaking publications, an internationally award-winning film and a major conference are opening up new truths about Indonesia’s past

Review: When perpetrators speak

Joshua Oppenheimer’s groundbreaking new film raises disturbing questions about why perpetrators of the 1965-66 mass killings still enjoy impunity for their actions

An interview with Joshua Oppenheimer

The filmmaker explains that The Act of Killing exposes the imagination of terror

Review: An act of manipulation?

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing is a bold, disturbing and ultimately unsatisfactory exploration of the place of violence in modern Indonesia

Everything is allowed

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

Preserving landscapes

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

Art and the city

Indonesian artists are using new media to rethink urban space

Soft diplomacy in heavy metal

Indonesia’s liberal art scene attracts adventurous Australian artists

Herstory in art

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

Reflections of the soul

Art critics welcome exhibition of edgy works on Islamic themes

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