Feminisms and Contemporary Art in Indonesia

Defining Experiences

Wulan Dirgantoro

Feminisms and Contemporary Art in Indonesia

Wulan Dirgantoro

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

246 pages | 5 color plates, 15 halftones | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2017
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9789089648457 Published August 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
While Indonesian contemporary art is currently on the rise on the international art scene, there hasn’t yet been an in-depth study of the works of Indonesian women artists and the feminist strategies they employ within the art world. This book fills that gap, presenting the first comprehensive study of feminisms and contemporary arts in Indonesia, using feminist readings to analyze the works of Indonesian women artists historically and today, illuminating the sociocultural contexts in which they have worked and offering a nuanced understanding of local feminisms in the nation.
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
List of Figures
Glossary and Abbreviations
1 Introduction
Defining Experiences
“Intimate Distance” as background
Unnatural partnership: Women, political activism and feminism/s in Indonesia
The female body, art and censorship in Indonesia
Definitions and distinctions: Feminisms or gender?
Methodology
Selection of artists
Book structure
2 Firing the Canon
Indonesian Art Canons as Myth and Masculine Ideal
Postcolonial masculinity, canon making and Indonesian modern art
Truth and beauty: The early years of modern art in Indonesia
“Representing Indonesian modernity” as canon-making
Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru
The legacies of GSRB
Gender and avant-gardism in GSRB
Ken Dedes and the gaze
Concluding remarks
3 Haunting in the Archipelago
Emiria Sunassa and Mia Bustam
The dark archipelago: The narratives of Emiria Sunassa
Reading the primitive
Tracing the feminine: Emiria’s nudes and native landscape
The primitive and the feminine: Nationalism’s internal others
Painting ghosts: The narratives of Mia Bustam
Sudjojono dan Aku: Becoming an artist
Dari Kamp ke Kamp: Arts and politics
Imprisonment
Emiria and Mia: Exceptional women
4 Female Desire and the Monstruous-Feminine in the Works of IGAK Murniasih
The monstruous-feminine in Murni’s paintings
Displacing desire: Sex and humour in Murniasih’s works
Women and desire in Bali
Reading Murniasih: Framing desire
Murniasih as an outsider artist?
5 Searching for the Feminine
Motherhood and Maternal Subjectivity
The changing representation of motherhood in Indonesian visual arts
The maternal nude: Laksmi Shitaresmi
Titarubi: Herstory in art
Women, motherhood and political participation: Voice of the concerned mothers
Political motherhood in the works of Titarubi
Maternal Subjectivity: Women reading women
Concluding remarks
6 Performing Feminism/s
Performance Art and Politics in the Works of Kelompok PEREK and Arahmaiani
Performance art in Indonesia
Kelompok PEREK: Kelompok Perempuan Eksperimental (1998-)
Challenging the status quo: The performances of Arahmaiani
Global feminisms and Arahmaiani’s politics of the body
Religion and spirituality
Performing feminism/s in Indonesian visual arts
Concluding remarks
7 Conclusion
Strategies of correction: Interventions in art history
Strategies of Interrogation: Searching for the feminine
Reading feminism/s in post-New-Order Indonesia
Rearticulating feminine spaces in the Indonesian art world
Bibliography
Index
 
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