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Conference of Birds

Taring Padi

Never Ending Courage

TARING PADI, Serial Posters, 2009, woodcut on packing paper, 62 x 41 cm. Courtesy Conference of Birds, Bangkok.

The woodblock print’s legacy as a vehicle for social and political dissent is alive and well today in Indonesia, judging from a Bangkok roundup of recent work by Taring Padi, a Yogyakarta-based collective of activist-artists.

Founded in 1998 following the student-led protests that helped unseat President Suharto’s authoritarian regime, Taring Padi today has about 15 active members, most in their 20s and 30s, who…

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