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Samuel Indratma, WRITING ON THE WALLS

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 10 2009   /  01:02 pm

JP/Slamet Susanto Years ago, the Lempuyangan station walkway was covered in pornographic and racist graffiti. Now it holds one of Yogyakarta's many attractive murals, for which the city can thank Samuel Indratma. Samuel, a 39-year-old native of Central Java with unkempt hair, says his passion for creating murals grew from his belief that empty spaces need to be used, and that a mural is one of the best ways to do so. One of Samuel's aims is to bring fine art out of private galleries and into the public sphere. Since he started the trend, it has spread through the city like an epidemic, with residents of kampungs starting to express their culture and traditions on their walls. Back in 1997, Samuel tried to introduce the idea of murals to the city using a wall in Nitiprayan, Kasihan Bantul. Then, in 2000, he set up a "Comic Pharmacy" to create murals ...