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Jakarta Post

Exhibition showcases message of defiance during pandemic

  • Josa Lukman


Jakarta   /   Fri, December 4 2020   /  01:00 am
Flower power: Diana Dee Mohy’s mural, titled 'Posyandu Wijaya Kusuma', is one of the works by members of the Kota Tua Artists Community currently on display in the National Gallery of Indonesia’s virtual exhibition.(Courtesy of the National Gallery of Indonesia/-)

While the better part of 2020 has mostly been spent indoors because of the pandemic, the current mood around the world is largely weariness, boredom or even apathy. Despite such feelings, some have taken it upon themselves to continue creating – perhaps as a way to show that the pandemic will not break their spirits. This mood is precisely captured by the virtual exhibition “LAWAN!!!” (Fight!!!), held by the Kota Tua Artists Community (KOTA) and the National Gallery of Indonesia. While the exhibition title sends out a strong message of offensive defiance, cocurator Citra Smara Dewi explained in a curatorial statement the theme was meant to be a positive attitude toward the rapid social changes, responding to sociopolitical aspects like cultural identity, urban culture, and the pandemic itself. “What’s interesting in the exhibition is that the spi...