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Lucia Hartini

Srikandi, Marsinah and Megawati

BY MARTINUS DWI MARIANTO

LUCIA HARTINI, Srikandi, 1993, 150 x 150 cm, photograph Toto Raharjo.

Lucia Hartini's art is a reflection of herself and the way in which she interprets her environment. Indeed, her art is inseparable from socio-political conditions in Indonesia, particularly Yogyakarta, where people still implicitly expect a woman to be able to masak, macak and manak (cook, make herself up and have children).1 The view that the status of a wife depends upon her husband, and the status of a…

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