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Indonesians in Focus: Rasinah

March 1st, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

If only Jinggan Anom and Kelana Gandrung could talk — the two wooden masks might tell the sad story of how close they almost came to being separated from their longtime owner, Rasinah, the only surviving Indramayu mask dancer maestro. After many years accompanying their master in preserving the traditional dance of West Java’s north coastal region, the two masks were recently almost sold to the highest bidder to raise money to pay for their sick master’s hospital bills.

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Indonesians in Focus: Ay Tjoe Christine

November 1st, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Among the young contemporary Indonesian artists, Ay Tjoe Christine takes a special place. Hardworking, and commanding a variety of techniques, she is also blessed with great integrity. She has exhibited internationally, and her works find appreciation from curators and collectors alike.

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Indonesians in Focus: Djoni Basri

October 29th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

In most Indonesian cities the principal crossroads are graced — or disgraced if you like — by statues in the style known as Soviet Realism. These show muscle men snapping their manacles, thrusting forward, determined to engage with some enemy. They
are valiant, determined, aggressive and always triumphant.

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Children’s Museum: Yogyakarta, Central Java

October 18th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-children4.jpgLong before it will officially open its doors at Yogyakarta Cultural Park, a new children’s museum has been reaching out to the public with various events and displays. Kolong Tangga Museum, opening in January 2008, is named for a child welfare community grouping, itself an outgrowth of Yayasan Untuk Semua Anak (All Children’s Foundation). Museum technical director, Indra, said exhibitions for children — like “Mysterious Dolls” and “Old Prints of Jakarta” — were launched in 2006 in a bid to introduce the new museum to the public.

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Indonesians in Focus: Hari Purnomo

October 9th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-purnomo.jpgOne of the most actively discussed topics at the moment is the character or “personality” of Indonesian fine arts. It is easy to be dismissive and say, “What personality”? And this unalloyed pessimism about the arts scene has been around now for quite some time.

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Indonesians in Focus: Bondan Suryaning Tias

September 29th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Artist Bondan Suryaning Tias searched through his files and began to read an article in a newspaper cutting on what gave him his artistic inspiration.

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The Panji Legends

September 25th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The Mahabharata and Ramayana Indian epics are reasonably familiar to literati in the West where they’ve been infrequently performed. The Panji legends, once well-known throughout Southeast Asia, are now foreign outside Java — and to much of the present generation of Indonesians who prefer TV to live theater.

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Indonesians in Focus: Marusya Nainggolan

September 25th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Amid her tight schedule for the ongoing 6th Schouwburg Festival, which runs through Sept. 28, Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (GKJ) director Marusya Nainggolan welcomed The Jakarta Post to her modest office, contained within an old house next to the main building.

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Book Review: Indonesian Women Artists: The Curtain Opens

September 20th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

women15.jpg It is an all-women work: Women writing a compilation about women artists. The essays are also presented by women and so is the foreword.

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Indonesians in Focus: Marwoto

September 16th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

It was the very last scene of a ketoprak (Javanese folk theater) production at the Yogyakarta Arts Center. The clown figure, played by Marwoto, had been defeated by his opponent. Wounded and bleeding, clearly dying, he staggered a few paces and fell to the ground.

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