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Exhibition reflects on 20 years since Indonesia's reformation

Liza Yosephine
Liza Yosephine

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sun, May 13, 2018 | 03:23 pm
Exhibition reflects on 20 years since Indonesia's reformation

The historic images were curated and sourced from news outlets Antara, Tempo, Reuters, as well as The Jakarta Post.  (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Images from Indonesia's Reformation Era that began in 1998 are currently on exhibit at the Antara Journalistic Photography Gallery in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta until June 11. 

Titled "20 Tahun Reformasi: Segenggam Refleksi" (20 Years of Reformation: A Handful of Reflection), the exhibition features photographs from Indonesia's transition to democracy from authoritarian rule, offering a glimpse into the riots that took place in May 1998. The historic images were curated and sourced from news outlets Antara, Tempo, Reuters, as well as The Jakarta Post

The exhibition curator and Antara's Journalistic Photography Gallery director, Oscar Motuloh, said there were approximately 60 images on display. 

"They are plastered on the wall, as if they are posters that would be hung during a movement," Oscar told The Jakarta Post during the opening night on Friday. 

Visitors look at photos from Indonesia's reformation period. Visitors look at photos from Indonesia's reformation period. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

The exhibition featured two parts, he added. The first part features photographs of the events that occurred in 1998 and those leading up to the country's first democratic election in 1999. The second part, meanwhile, is a film titled 20 Tahun Kemudian (20 Years Later) made by the activists who played a role in the push for reform. 

"This is to commemorate 20 years of reformation. We try to remember it not just as a monumental event, but as a reminder that reformation is a never-ending process and that there is still more to achieve in the future," Oscar said. (wng)   

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