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What Are We Waiting For?

By Mella Jaarsma & Nindityo Adipurnomo

Illustration by OLIVER RAW

In recent decades, visual art has helped to shape public discourses on social, political and educational issues while reflecting on identity and the process toward democracy in many Asian countries. In Indonesia, for instance, during Suharto’s regime (1968–98), art was essentially political. In a subtle way, by exploring around the edges of freedom of expression, art was often oppositional and in protest.

During the Reformation period that followed the fall of Suharto, the art that emerged was…

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