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Painting Exhibition “Perempuan-Perempuan Menggugat (Women of Indonesia Accuse) by Seruni Bojawati at Cemara 6 Gallery in Jakarta

21 August, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 31 August, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

SEA Junction is expanding its reach by holding events in other Southeast Asian countries in collaboration with local partners. On 21-31 August we will collaborate with Cemara  6 Gallery in Jakarta in organizing the painting exhibition “Perempuan-Perempuan Menggugat” (roughly translated as “Women of Indonesia Accuse” by Seruni Bodjawati and the launch of a book with the same title illustrated by Seruni and written by Esthi Susanti Hudiono.

These two events, as well as the series of activities planned during the exhibition, are an important testimony to the leadership of women in Indonesian history. The paintings portray 29 women leaders from pre-colonial and the Dutch East Indies times to the present mostly with red-tinted backgrounds and surrounded by symbols and their life and work. These vivid paintings invite the public to remember and appreciate the contribution of women in the development of Indonesian society. Their role in specific sectors and for the country ought to be celebrated and reflected upon by asking why they and their accomplishments often escape attention. Why are they generally not recognized by the public and if recognized are not necessarily appreciated?

More than a thousand seminars, this exhibition can shatter the impression that feminism is a Western culture and that ‘indigenous’ values ​​relegate women to the domestic sphere. The portrayed women all questioned the power of men in their own way.  This exhibition also reminds us that the women’s movement in Indonesia existed well before the Indonesian state was established. So, it needs to be questioned why these valuable experiences are not recognized as ‘own’ to Indonesia. These and related questions become particularly relevant in the context of today’s Indonesia as the rampant radicalization and identity politics make women the target of efforts that aim to reduce their roles and reduce their space. The exhibition thus not only lend legitimacy and celebrates women leaders, but is also a demand for a more just future.

Opening Exhibition

7PM at Cemara 6 Gallery


Cemara 6 Gallery
Jl. HOS Cokroaminoto No. 9-11
Menteng, Jakarta Pusat 10350 Indonesia
Ph: 62 – 21 3911823
Fax: 62 – 21 3918761
E-mail: info_cemara6@yahoo.com

For information/reservation for our events please email southeastasiajunction@gmail.com or phone/wa: +66970024140


SEA Junction, OUR Venue on Southeast Asia SEA Junction aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/

Cemara 6 Gallery

Cemara 6 Gallery was founded by Toeti Heraty N Roosseno, in 1993 to promote contemporary art and culture and their relation to society. The Gallery has a main exhibition hall, a back yard for art and cultural activities such as discussions, video art presentations, performances, poetry readings and other cultural activities. Special attention is given to the promotion of emerging artists, through group and solo exhibitions and international exchanges. For more information see https://cemara6galeri.wordpress.com/about/


21 August, 2019 @ 10:00 am
31 August, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
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