The Jakarta Post
Around 200 works will be on display at the Anti-Corruption Cartoon Exhibition at Malang City Hall in East Java this week. (JP/Nedi Putra AW)
A total of 70 cartoonists from Malang, Yogyakarta and Jakarta are set to participate in the Anti-Corruption Cartoon Exhibition at Malang City Hall in Malang, East Java. The event will feature around 200 works and run from Oct. 2 to 4.
The head of the exhibition committee, Sawir Wirastho, said the collaborative exhibition was a response to the state of Malang following a corruption case that implicated the former head of a public works agency, a member of the regional legislative council (DPRD) and the former mayor of Malang.
"It [the event] is also to remind public officials that such an embarrassing incident will not be tolerated," Sawir said on Monday.
Sawir added that the event would also hold a discussion forum, with speakers that would include Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairperson Saut Situmorang, Malang Mayor Sutiaji, Malang Legislative Council deputy chairman Abdurrochman and the man behind 1000 anticorruption cartoons, Jan Praba.
"The goal is to educate the younger generation on anticorruption," Sawir said.
Initially, the exhibition was to be held in the legislative council building, but it was postponed due to technical reasons.
Dhany Valiandra of the Yogyakarta Cartoonists Association (Pakyo) expressed appreciation for the exhibition, saying it was historical as it would be held at Malang City Hall as opposed to a gallery.
"The world of corruption could be better exposed to the people of Malang as various visual interpretations could provide humor," Dhany said.
Dhany said he hoped that the event would be the first of many, like in Yogyakarta, where the local government allowed cartoonists to freely hold exhibitions that criticized its own policies. (liz/mut)