UGM Hosts Art Exhibition Against Social Divides

A visitor looks at Yudha Baskoro's photo essay titled 'Supporters' at Gadjah Mada University on Monday (11/12). (Photo courtesy of UGM/Hamada)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 7:12 PM December 21, 2017
Category : Life & Style, Arts & Culture

Jakarta. The Koesnadi Hardjasoemantri Cultural Center of Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta hosted an art exhibition on Dec. 11-16 to criticize racial, religious and class divides in Indonesian society.

The exhibition, themed "Membongkar Bingkai, Membuka Sekat" ("Disassembling Frames, Opening Partitions"), featured 24 artists — alumni, lecturers and employees of UGM.

Jakarta Globe photographer and UGM anthropology graduate Yudha Baskoro presented a series of photographs from the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election. Titled "Supporters," it showed the extent to which supporters were willing to go in endorsing their candidates, which often involved pitting people against each other and spreading hatred by playing on ethnic and religious sentiments.

Another UGM alumnus, economics graduate Adi Kusuma set up an interactive installation called "Karaoke Darah Juang" to criticize the lifestyles of present day students. Adi argued that in the 1990s students took pride in engaging in critical thinking and demonstrations to express their views, while today it was cool to just hang out at expensive coffee shops.

Two large artworks by Akiq AW, "Potret Keluarga Indonesia" ("Portraits of Indonesian Families"), depicted "ideal families" of Suharto's New Order regime. The artist inserted into them quotes by Indonesian national hero Tan Malaka and colonial-era journalist Mas Marco Kartodikromo to demand a more egalitarian society.

'Education is useless if the educated refuse to join together with the working class,' reads a Tan Malaka quote in one of the works by Akiq A. W. (Photo courtesy of UGM/Hamada) 'Education is useless if the educated refuse to join together with the working class,' reads a Tan Malaka quote in one of the works by Akiq A. W. (Photo courtesy of UGM/Hamada)

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