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Weekly Picks: Indonesia (25 – 31 March 2019)

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Top Picks of Indonesia art events in Bali and Jakarta from 25-31 March 2019

The Littletalks in Ubud, Bali is holding a watercolor exhibition on Calonarang. Calonarang is a mythical folklore character known for her black magic who has become a part of the Bali story. Many young people in Bali are attracted to her black magic. This exhibition is created to invite people to go beyond the mystical phenomena associated with Calonarang and understand other meanings behind her story that we probably haven’t fully understood. The exhibition Calonarang is taking place until 22 April 2019 at The Littletalks. For more information, visit Littletalks’ Instagram account here.

Indonesia is currently living in a time where things are constantly changing, especially with the upcoming election. Recently, there have also been situations that make people question whether we have learned from our past. To remind people of the times we’ve gone through, Kineforum presents Penak Jamanku – a week of screenings of films from various eras that paint a picture of life in Indonesia at that period of time. The films are curated to bring out our critical eyes and get us to think if the current era is much different at all. To get more information and to see the schedule of screenings, click here.

Jeihan Sukmantoro is an influential Indonesian painter and poet who is known for his expressionistic paintings. Museum Macan’s new exhibition is a display of portraits that Jeihan created in the 1960s and 1970s when he lived in Cicadas, an area in east of Bandung that was densely populated and was known for its crime and prostitution. The paintings portray Jeihan’s family members, neighbours, and life in Cicadas. Jeihan: Days in Cicadas opens on the 26th of March at Museum Macan. The exhibition runs until 26 May 2019. For more information, click here.

Theatre is an art form that grows and evolves as the time goes. In Teaterawan Bicara, Komunitas Salihara invites senior theatre makers to share their experiences in Indonesian theatre. They will also bring their perspectives to look at the current theatre phenomena. On Saturday, 30 March 2019, Gandung Bondowoso will talk about “The Art of Acting after Realism”. And on Sunday, 31 March 2019, Adi Kurdi will talk about “From Stage to Screen”. Entrance fee to this talk is IDR 50,000. To register, send your CV or portfolio to tiket@salihara.org. For more information, click here.

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