FRONT OF CENTER: CONTEMPORARY ART, THE COLD WAR, AND SOUTHEAST ASIA

When 19 Nov 2019
6:30PM - 8:30PM
Where Buell 300S, Buell Hall, Columbia University
515 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States

Discussion panel with Junni Chen, Fyerool Darma, and Kathleen Ditzig

The de-classification of intelligence files on the Cold War as well as recent geopolitical shifts have created new opportunities to revisit the complicated histories of the Cold War in Southeast Asia. A period defined by a battle for the hearts and minds over the ideologies of modernity and progress, the 1950s -1980s was marked by large scale conflicts, as well as hardening ideological and geographical boundaries against the backdrop of decolonization in Southeast Asia. Particularly within post-colonial Indonesia, the experience of the Cold War intertwined with the country’s “Old Order” (under President Sukarno) and New Order (under President Suharto) politics. This period of historical turmoil continues to resonate within the socio-political structures of the nation, and the parameters of written national histories. Contemporary art has often been a space in which the alienated, unpopular or suppressed histories of this period and their repercussions have been articulated. This sharing session brings together curator Junni Chen, curator Kathleen Ditzig and artist Fyerool Darma to unpack the stakes and complexities of speaking with or speaking to Indonesia’s post-colonial histories through art. They will discuss the projects Boedi Widjaja: Declaration of (Helwaser Gallery, New York), State of Motion: A Fear of Monsters (Asia Film Archive, Singapore) and Ghost of a Thousand Conversations (900mdpl, Kaliurang, Jogjakarta).

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