Indonesia Sakit

Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good and Byron J. Good

in Postcolonial Disorders

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252233
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941021 | DOI:
Indonesia Sakit

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This chapter examines how citizen-artists in Indonesia creatively and critically engaged in subjectifying the state through pointedly political art, generating narratives and fantasies both visual and discursive, private and public, and images of past, present, and future during the early period of post-Suharto reformation. It describes several notable works by Indonesian artists including Yuli Kodo's Indonesia Sakit, Alex Luthfi's Kado Reformasi, and Entang Wiharso's Don't Touch Me. The chapter suggests that these works reveal how the transformation of political engagements led to these artists' newfound subjectivity as post-New Order Indonesian citizens capable of publicly critiquing the state as well as reenvisioning, through their paintings, imagined possibilities for a new democratic Indonesian state.

Keywords: political art; Indonesia; subjectivity; post-Suharto reformation; Yuli Kodo; Indonesia Sakit; Alex Luthfi; Kado Reform; Entang Wiharso; Don't Touch Me

Chapter.  15900 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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