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ACICIS and Taring Padi
Taring Padi is one of Indonesia’s most well-known political arts collectives, and has been exhibiting domestically and internationally since 1998. In Bahasa Indonesia, Taring Padi refers to the sharp tip, or “teeth,” of the rice crop; for Taring Padi members it is a metaphor for people power.
Taring Padi is an independent non-profit cultural community that is based on the concept of “people power”. Based in Yogyakarta, Central Java, Taring Padi is committed to using its artistic and cultural pursuits to contribute actively to the democratisation process in Indonesia and elsewhere. Since 1998, the collective has created posters and murals, published a newsletter, hosted workshops with visiting school groups and international artists, and participated in street performance with puppets, poetry, and musical groups. In December 2008, Taring Padi celebrated its 10th Anniversary.
To symbolise the many people-to-people links forged between Australians and Indonesians, in 2009 ACICIS commissioned Taring Padi to create a series of woodcuts based on our ‘in-country’ programs. Taring Padi created a stunning series of 6 woodcut prints for us, around the following themes:
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As part of the project, ACICIS students visited the Taring Padi art space in Kasihan, Bantul, where they participated in a one day woodcut workshop and were able to see past examples of Taring Padi’s work and learn more about Indonesian political art. See photos below.
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