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Artists interpret shared Dutch-Indonesian Heritage

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 6 2016   /  10:09 am

‘40,000 Homes and a Sense of Security’ by Tintin WuliaAn Amsterdam exhibition featuring 11 Dutch and Indonesian artists explores the countries’ shared history — and what it means for the current generation.A row of old black-and-white photographs depicts young Chinese men and women lined up along a white wall, with definitions of “citizen” and “resident” written below them.

In front of the wall is a chair and a table with a stack of forms: replicas of what Chinese laborers had to fill in when applying to enter the Dutch East Indies a century ago.

Next to the stack are two stamps: one saying in Dutch Restitutie Verleend (accepted), the other in Malay Ditjabut (denied). On the side is a video showing Chinese-Indonesian identity cards, with a monotonous voice reciting names.

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