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Jakarta Post

‘Manifesto VII’ takes a peek at public's pandemic perception

  • Josa Lukman


Jakarta   /   Thu, September 17 2020   /  01:00 am
Patroli Waspada (Alert Patrol) by Munadi.(National Gallery of Indonesia/-)

When something becomes a defining moment in the zeitgeist, arts and culture will inevitably revolve around it, especially when it is a pandemic affecting billions. Despite the closure of public places due to safety procedures, the arts have continued to flourish in one place where the virus will not be able to ravage: the internet. While virtual exhibitions have become common as part of the so-called "new normal", the seventh edition of the National Gallery of Indonesia's biennial contemporary art exhibition Manifesto marks the first time it has been held online. Accessible on the National Gallery of Indonesia website at until Dec. 6, Manifesto VII exhibits 217 works by 204 artists, selected from an open call process involving more than 300 submissions. As COVID-19 has dominated conversations and airwaves, its cultur...