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Jakarta Post

Flood Disasters & Visual Empathy

  • Agus Dermawan T.


Jakarta   /   Thu, January 16 2020   /  02:30 am

Banjir Jakarta (Jakarta Floods) by Ketut SudilaIndonesia’s legendary painter Raden Saleh (1807-1880), for example, painted Banjir di Jawa (A Flood in Java) in 1863, which depicts dozens of people clinging to a rooftop to escape the raging floodwater below.Sunaryo’s Jakarta Tenggelam 2002 (Jakarta Drowned 2002) is an interesting example of a more abstract take on floods, with the whole of Jakarta — in the form of an aerial map or photo — being inundated by brownish rain and tidal waters.Jakarta’s massive flood in 2002 also prompted Ketut Sudila to record it from Bali, where he observed Jakarta on the television. He created Banjir Jakarta (Jakarta Floods) in a traditional decorative style. It was a major highlight exhibited at the Indofood Art Awards 2003 in Jakarta.Following the Bandung flood disaster in 2016, dozens of Fine Art Alumni Association (IASR) artists of the Bandung I...