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Passing through fire

Pain and transformation in the art of Arahmaiani

Fiaudette May V. Datuin

ARAHMAIANI, Nation for Sale, 1996, installation and performance, boxes, photographs, toy guns, military toys, soil, water, medicine, dimensions variable. Photograph Manit Sriwanichpoom.

In Arahmaiani's work Burning Body - Burning Country (II), 1999, shown at the March 1999 exhibition and conference 'Women Imaging Women: Home, Body, Memory' in Manila, she starkly called attention to the pain and violence inflicted on her people in post-Suharto Indonesia. In this installation and performance Arahmaiani painted tortured and fragmented female body parts on…

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