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Tackling Taboos

Agung Kurniawan

Portrait of AGUNG KURNIAWAN. Photo by Sander Salim. Courtesy Gallery Lukisan, Bergen op Zoom. 

In 1996, Agung Kurniawan and his wife, Yustina Neni, founded Kedai Kebun Forum, an art space, shop, and restaurant in Yogyakarta. Their vision was to provide a financially self-sustaining platform where artists could tackle taboo and sensitive issues. I met the couple at the open, two-story building overgrown with tropical plants for the first time about ten years ago, when Kurniawan was also co-organizing the Biennale Jogja and overseeing the Indonesian Visual Art Archive, which he cofounded, all…

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