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The art of revolutionary wars

Agus Dermawan T.

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, November 20, 2019  /  03:10 pm
The art of revolutionary wars

"Markas Laskar Rakyat" by Sudjojono. (-/Agus Dermawan T.)

Indonesia’s struggle for independence has inspired artists in many disciplines. Starting over 200 years ago, the Indonesian people waged wars against Dutch colonialism sporadically and in different regions. These conflicts include the Diponegoro War in Central Java (1825), the Buleleng War in Bali (1846 and 1848), the Cut Nyak Dien War in Aceh (1873), the November 10 War in Surabaya (1945) and the War on Military Aggression in Yogyakarta (1947 and 1948). The events have inspired Indonesian artists to create works of art to memorialize and honor the heroic figures of the time. Cinematic depictions of the colonial struggle include Pedjoeang (Fighters, Usmar Ismail, 1960), Tjoet Nya’ Dhien (Eros Djarot, 1988), animated film Battle of Surabaya – November 10th (Aryanto Yuniawan, 2015) and Perburuan (The Fugitive, Richard Oh, 2019). In literature, the popular poem...