exhibition name : bolak-balik
artist : mella jaarsma (indonesia)
bolak-balik means “back and forth” or “contradictory” in bahasa indonesia.
in the new series of work, the artist examines how indonesians’ diverse sartorial choices are controlled and altered by the rulers who reigned over different periods and across different states. she questions definitions of what constitutes public, private and common space, and how we can protect social space, equality and the freedom to maintain diverse cultural identities and traditional practices, when local wisdom, ancestral roots and rich mythologies are fading away and disappearing with modernity.