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Taring Padi: Amplifying voices through zine

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, July 25, 2019  /  03:17 pm
Taring Padi: Amplifying voices through zine

True voice of the masses: Taring Padi's zine "Terompet Rakyat" was created as a response to many issues surrounding the community, both local and international. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

When you’re a writer trying to express your ideas and opinions, chances are you’ll have to tone down your words or even abandon your ideas if you want to make it through mainstream publishers. None of that is an issue if you decide to take the independent route. Zines, for example, can cover all sorts of topics and are usually distributed by underground groups that, for one reason or another, avoid the attention afforded to mainstream media. One such group is Yogyakarta-based art collective Taring Padi. Founded in 1998 after the fall of Soeharto’s New Order regime, the group is primarily known for its politically loaded messages of social justice, expressed through posters made using its signature woodcut technique. Content creator: Museum MACAN visitors created their own zines in a workshop with Taring Padi on Sunday. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan) Alongside posters a...