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How artists portray President Jokowi's everyman persona

Agus Dermawan T.

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Mon, February 3, 2020  /  02:11 pm
How artists portray President Jokowi's everyman persona

"The Godfather of Infrastructure" by Gunawan Hanjaya. (JP/Agus Dermawan T.)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second and final presidential term recently completed its first 100 days and throughout them visual arts imbued with depictions of him with cult and parody elements have kept on appearing. Jokowi turns out to be a “pictogenic” figure, meaning one whose image lends itself to art. Therefore, since his 2014 to 2019 tenure, he has been a target of visual art creators. A number of artists say they are convinced that Jokowi is inspiring because three paradoxes are inherent in his physique and behavior, from his slim build to his background as a mere "commoner" who managed to get to the country's top seat to lead Indonesia and the relatively modest lifestyle he maintained even after he became president. Jokowi has affirmed that his choice of modesty comes from his daily practice based on an old Javanese say...