Posted in: Arts

The vexed future of Indonesian art

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More than 20 years have passed since Soeharto left power, and many aspects of “Indonesian art” have changed, but as Alison Carroll writes, global curators' ideas about what constitutes Indonesian art remain largely the same.

Talking Indonesia: Norman Erikson Pasaribu on literature and diversity

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The global profile of Indonesian literature has grown rapidly over recent years. In Talking Indonesia, Dr Jemma Purdey chats to poet Norman Erikson Pasaribu, whose book, 'Sergius Seeks Bacchus', has just been released in Australia.

Talking Indonesia: transnational cinema

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Could Indonesia cinema be used as a soft-power tool? What market trends will define the growth of the industry over the coming years? Dr Charlotte Setijadi discusses these issues and more with Associate Professor Thomas Barker in Talking Indonesia.

Talking Indonesia: foreign workers and creative pursuits

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In the latest episode of the Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Charlotte Setijadi chats to Dr Jafar Suryomenggolo about the creativity and agency of Indonesian foreign domestic workers. What do their literary works reveal about their lives and the challenges they face?

Talking Indonesia: environmental activism and art

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Bali is home to a vibrant environmental movement involving collaboration between activists, artists and musicians. In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Dr Edwin Jurriens about the main players and how they are using art and music to promote change.

It’s time for Indonesians to say goodbye to the ‘supercrip’

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Indonesia is still basking in the success of the 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games. Slamet Thohari writes that while Indonesia deserves the plaudits it received, the Games also served to highlight outdated attitudes to people with disability.

Visual art after Soeharto: meeting the challenges of a booming market

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Following the fall of the New Order, Indonesian contemporary artists have enjoyed new artistic freedoms, as well as major commercial success. But Dr Wulan Dirgantoro writes that while the contemporary art boom has provided opportunities, it has also involved significant challenges.

Talking Indonesia: human rights on film

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"Istirahatlah Kata-Kata" has won praise for its depiction of the life of poet and activist Widji Thukul in exile. In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Jemma Purdey chats to the film's director, Yosep Angi Noen, about how film can provide new opportunities for dealing with histories that remain obscured.

Talking Indonesia: archiving Indonesian art

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The past decade has seen huge interest in Indonesian art, but the country's extensive collection of old and new art remains poorly cataloged. What are the challenges in recording Indonesian art history, and why is it needed? Dr Charlotte Setijadi speaks to Farah Wardani about these issues and more in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

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