‘Menatap Sang Liyan’: Orientalism in the history of dance

Curator Helly Minarti opens her exhibition “Menatap Sang Liyan (Looking at the Other)” at Salihara in Jakarta. The exhibition’s title, “Menatap Sang Liyan”, was selected to represent how Western people looked at the four Javanese dancers, whom they called “the other” (liyan). The exhibition also displays the complexity of orientalism in the art of dance by showing various archives from many institutions, ranging from the National Library of Indonesia, French National Library, The Eye Museum in Amsterdam to the New York Performing Arts Library.

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