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Jakarta Post

The history of sugar and more

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 14 2012   /  10:42 am

New shape: The “Sugar Town, Inc.” exhibition takes the form of a grocery store and coffee shop.Entering the exhibition room at the Kunstkring Gallery in Jakarta, “Sugar Town, Inc.” visitors find that they are not just looking at photographs.

Instead, they find history in the warm, familiar setting of a grocery store selling merchandise and memorabilia.

The exhibition is derived from an open-source photography project initiated by Noorderlicht — a photography institution based in the Netherlands. The project, “The Sweet and Sour Story of Sugar”, covers diverse elements of the sugar industry in the Netherlands and its former colonies: Suriname, Indonesia and Brazil.

Just like the Langgeng Art Foundation (LAF) in Yogyakarta, ruangrupa was given access to all the artistic material provided by Noorderlicht: hundreds of colonial photographs compiled from arc...