Artivism in Maluku

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)40-58
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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  • Faculty of Social Sciences - Arts, Activism, Creativity, Transformative Justice, Peacebuilding, Protest, Maluku, Indonesia

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