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The art of revolutionary wars

  • Agus Dermawan T.

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 21 2019   /  02:26 am

Markas Laskar Rakyat di Bekas Gudang Beras Cikampek by S. Sudjojono.Starting over 200 years ago, the Indonesian people waged wars against Dutch colonialism sporadically and in different regions.These conflicts include the Diponegoro War in Central Java (1825), the Buleleng War in Bali (1846 and 1848), the Cut Nyak Dien War in Aceh (1873), the November 10 War in Surabaya (1945) and the War on Military Aggression in Yogyakarta (1947 and 1948).The events have inspired Indonesian artists to create works of art to memorialize and honor the heroic figures of the time.Cinematic depictions of the colonial struggle include Pedjoeang (Fighters, Usmar Ismail, 1960), Tjoet Nya’ Dhien (Eros Djarot, 1988), animated film Battle of Surabaya — November 10th (Aryanto Yuniawan, 2015) and Perburuan (The Fugitive, Richard Oh, 2019).In literature, the popular poem Aku (I) by Chairil Anwar stands as an ico...