Going global: Indonesian Visual Art in the 1990s

The Reformasi period saw the downfall of President Suharto after some thirty years of repression. A generation of activist artists used their art to express opposition to the socio-political structures of the regime with little support from either the public or, initially, the art market. They found an outlet for their work through international biennales and exhibitions, so becoming part of the globalisation of the arts.

From left: Isa Perkasa, Keliru kultur (Wrong Culture), pen drawing, 1997; Tita Rubi, Missing and Silent, 1998 & 2010; Dadang Christanto, Api di Bulan Mei (Fire in May detail), 1998; Brahma Tirta Sari, Segaragunung (Songs of the Ancestors), silk print (detail); AA o Season, Bimo Tarung, Sisa Exhibition, 2007.