Indonesian Cultural Memory, Media, and Visual Arts in the wake of 1965 / Memori Budaya, Media, dan Seni Rupa Indonesia Pasca 1965 bersama Grace Leksana dan Wulan Dirgantoro

Indonesian Cultural Memory, Media, and Visual Arts in the wake of 1965 – Southeast Asia Lecture Series 

Sites, Narratives, Coexistence: Remembering the Anti-communist Violence in Indonesia Today

Grace Leksana, Lecturer, Malang State University, Indonesia

After 1965: Historical Violence and Strategies of Representation in Indonesian Visual Arts

Wulan Dirgantoro, Lecturer in Art History and Curatorship, The University of Melbourne

Respondent: Annette Lienau, Harvard University

Grace Leksana – Sites, Narratives, Coexistence: Remembering the Anti-communist Violence in Indonesia Today

The anti-communist violence that occurred in 1965-66 in Indonesia has been one of the most controversial event in the country’s history. On one hand, the national historiography recorded the killings of seven high rank army officers on 1 September and accused the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) as the perpetrator behind this movement. On the other, the extermination project against the left and the continuous persecutions against them remain largely excluded in the national narrative. While the death of the high rank army officers is continuously commemorated, the death of more than five hundred thousand to one million Indonesian leftists is mostly silenced. In this lecture, I will present the coexistence between these different narratives by examining various sites of violence in a particular rural district in East Java. Through exploration of these sites, we will see how different narratives are entangled in a certain site and how their meaning could transform over time. Furthermore, these sites are in a constant dialogical process with the people surrounding them. The sites become devices of negotiation in present society, rather than symbols of remembrance of the past.

Wulan Dirgantoro – After 1965: Historical Violence and Strategies of Representation in Indonesian Visual Arts

The presentation will reflect on the issues surrounding the representation of historical violence in the practices of artists such as Tintin Wulia (b. 1971), Yaya Sung (b. 1982), Dadang Christanto (b. 1957) and Rangga Purbaya (b. 1976). The term ‘After 1965’ is used to describe the impact of historical violence on aesthetic practices of Indonesian contemporary artists. Scholars have noted that Indonesian visual artists drawn their inspiration from historical, cultural and sociopolitical changes, both visually and conceptually. However, little attention has been paid about the aesthetic impact of these changes on the art works.

Drawing from Astrid Erll’s notion of ‘transcultural memory’ (2011, 2019), the presentation will discuss how memory travels and its locatedness not only shaped and mediated memory but also produces dynamic tension that takes place in the interconnected processes of creation, transmission, and reception (Erll et al. 2019) through the artworks. The presentation will examine transcultural memory as it operates on the three levels of the narrated, narration, and reception process in the works of these Indonesian artists. The diasporic and transgenerational perspective of artists produce artworks that simultaneously functions epistemologically (as a means of comprehending) and therapeutically (as a means of coping) of the historical violence.

Southeast Asia Lecture Series lainya

[Rekaman Kuliah] Some Methodological Notes on Writing about the Massacres of 1965-66 in Indonesia – John Roosa *Catatan Metodologi Dalam Penulisan Pembunuhan Massal 1965-66

[Rekaman Kuliah] Some Methodological Notes on Writing about the Massacres of 1965-66 in Indonesia – John Roosa *Catatan Metodologi Dalam Penulisan Pembunuhan Massal 1965-66

simak pula

From silence to speech…. : Kajian-kajian Wulan Dirgantoro Terkait Seni Visual, Ingatan, Trauma dan 1965-1966

Collaboration in Mass Violence : Artikel-artikel (Kajian) Ilmiah Grace Leksana Tentang Genosida 1965-1966 – Grace Leksana Articles on Indonesian Genocide / Massacre 1965-1966

Simak 1500 ‘entry’ lainnya pada link berikut

Daftar Isi Perpustakaan Genosida 1965-1966

Road to Justice : State Crimes after Oct 1st 1965 (Jakartanicus)

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Definisi yang diusulkan D. Nersessian (2010) untuk amandemen/ optional protocol Konvensi Anti-Genosida (1948) dan Statuta Roma (2000) mengenai Pengadilan Kejahatan Internasional. (disalin dari Harry Wibowo)

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