22 March 2022

Artivism in Maluku

Associate Professor Birgit Bräuchler contributed with the article 'Artivism in Maluku' to this special issue of The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology on Creative Peacebuilding and Resistance in Indonesia.

Taking Eastern Indonesia as an example, this paper analyses alternative ways to maintain peace and fight social injustices. Arts and creativity are key in transformative justice approaches in post-conflict Maluku. The emerging arts scene was turned into a means to reintegrate society and resist disruptive outside forces, in direct contrast to use of the media and the arts to solidify group boundaries during the Moluccan conflict.

This paper analyses these recent developments in Indonesia's periphery and how they are embedded in broader discourses on political art in Indonesia and beyond. In environments such as Indonesia, where the public articulation of protest and intergroup tensions have been suppressed for a long time, and where scholarly engagement with activist art (or artivism) has a strong focus on Indonesia's centre, such analyses are highly relevant for learning from the periphery, promoting a culture of dialogue and triggering positive change.

Birgit Bräuchler (2022) Artivism in Maluku, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 23:1, 40-58, DOI: 10.1080/14442213.2021.2003426

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