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Jakarta Post

Avianti Armand: An architect with words 

  • Mariel Grazella

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 30 2011   /  11:05 am

JP/P.J. Leo“Women are almost obscured in the annals of history,” poetess Avianti Armand, who is also an accomplished architect, said.

This was evident, she pointed out, because the names of female history makers have been often left unmentioned — or “repressed” as she described it — within historical documents, including the Old Testament of the Bible. “In the Bible, women are treated as pegs and not as the main character even though many of the stories within it would not have gone as they should if these women had not played their part,” she said. This undervaluation of women in one of the world’s oldest books inspired Avianti to write Perempuan Yang Namanya Dihapus (Women Whose Names Have Been Negated). The book, which recently won the 2011 Khatulistiwa Literary Award for best poetry book, is a collection of her poems that reinterpret the role of five women w...