Thursday, March 02, 2006

first blasphemy then pornography
art and censorship in indonesia

Agus Suwage und Davy Linggar
Pinkswing-Park, 2005
Installation. Pedicab modification, digital print, black pebbles

” Protests against an artwork on view at the CP Biennial in Jakarta and the subsequent closing of the Biennial seems to be part of an uprising movement to impose Islamic rule on Indonesia. Within days of November's exhibition launch, Islamic fundamentalists had shoved Suwage to the forefront of their struggle to redefine Indonesia by descending on the biennale, forcing its closure and demanding prosecutions. At first police claimed his work blasphemed the story of Adam and Eve, then last week they told Suwage he faced five years in jail for producing pornography." > via

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