Earlier this year I spent a day visiting two friends, rising
contemporary artists who are also one of the cutest married couples
around, at their Yogyakarta-based studio and home. I can’t remember
exactly how during the long conversation I had with the husband that we
arrived at the topic, but we ended up questioning why the Indonesian art
scene seemed so obsessed with artwork carrying social critiques. It
seemed almost unimaginable these days to place value on an artwork that
pinpointed to anything less than the flaws and fractures of our raggedy
Jim Gomez, Associated Press, Manila | Thu, 11/19/2015 4:17 PM
Just a few miles from the gleaming venue hosting President Barack Obama and other world leaders sits Manila's slum of slums on a mountain of trash, a potent reminder to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc that the globalization agenda it promotes has left many behind.
Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press, New York, United States | Thu, 11/12/2015 9:36 PM
On an app, pins on a New York City map chart sightings of homelessness, accompanied by photos of people lying on sidewalks, slumped in doorways, sitting on curbs with shopping carts piled high with bags. Hashtags frame the scenes: "NeedsMedicalAid," ''Encampment," ''AggressiveBegging," ''Violent."
The weeklong brutality that is Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) came to town
last week. Yours truly, mere days after a bruising 10-day sojourn to
Milan and Frankfurt, threw herself into the annual fete with much glee
Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Karo, North Sumatra | Fri, 11/06/2015 4:21 PM
The Indonesian Coffee Exporters Association of North Sumatra lists the coffee of North Sumatra as a highly prized commodity for Americans, with 56 percent of North Sumatra’s total coffee production being exported to the US.
Vyara Wurjanta, Contributor, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara | Thu, 11/05/2015 4:04 PM
It was almost midday and the scorching sun shone unmercifully. Yet, the quiet breeze across the massive open dry hilly savannah on the foot of the majestic Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, was highly soothing.
Hans David Tampubolon, The Jakarta Post | Sat, 10/31/2015 4:35 PM
The popularity of the traditional Javanese musical style keroncong might
have been declining in recent years, but one of its most celebrated
figures, the late composer Gesang Martohartono, is still fondly
remembered by musicians and artists alike.