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Jakarta Post

ARTJOG 2018 Embracing diversity through arts

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 16 2018   /  02:50 am

Part of me: A visitor interacts with Mella Jaarsma’s artwork titled Binds and Blinds. The biggest contemporary art market in the country takes a clear stance by promoting tolerance.Mella Jaarsma, a female artist who hails from the Netherlands, has created an installation entitled Binds and Blinds for this year’s ARTJOG, which is being held at the Jogja National Museum (JNM) until June 4.She created the artwork to criticize the moral authority that makes the social situation in Indonesia less and less tolerant. Using 650 pictures of navels printed on wooden plates, she created two big cylinders that she hung from the exhibition room’s ceiling.Among the visitors to Mella’s exhibition room was a woman who opened her shirt to show off her navel. “Take my picture, please,” she told her husband.For Mella, the navel represents the ...