NAF | Arus Balik
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Arus Balik

Arus Balik

Date: 23 Mar 2019- 23 Jun 2019
Venue: Gilman Barracks, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art

Opening reception: 22 Mar 2019 (Fri), 1900–2100

The exhibition project was initiated from a conversation between Jakarta-based artist Ade Darmawan and curator Philippe Pirotte, and reconsiders Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s epic bookArus Balik(1995). The book’s title could be translated into English as a “turning of the tide,” elaborating on the weakening of maritime culture of Javanese kingdoms in the early 16th century, the progressive Islamisation, and the beginning of Portuguese penetration on parts of the now Malayan and Indonesian peninsula and archipelago.