Panel: Politics of Memory in a Changing State: documenta fifteen, Colonial Legacies and Entangled Histories

Location: Framer Framed, Amsterdam

A panel presented at:

(un)Common Grounds: Reflecting on documenta fifteen

A two-day hybrid symposium

23 Sep – 24 Sep 2022

Panel I: ‘Politics of Memory in a Changing State: documenta fifteen, Colonial Legacies and Entangled Histories’

From the rise of fascism in the 1930s until the Indonesian declaration of independence in 1945; from the anti-communist violence in 1965 during the Cold War period and the New Order regime, to the May 1998 student protests, the pre- and post- independence period in Indonesia holds layers of traumatic and conflicting memories due to different stages of colonialism, military dictatorship and geopolitical forces.

It was also under such circumstances that several Indonesian collectives present in documenta fifteen were formed. How to understand and live with contested memories? How do societies remember past atrocities, and how are they embedded in their current societal relations? We invite audiences to reflect with us on how social-political antagonism expressed in visual art evolves over time, using the case of Taring Padi’s banner “People’s Justice’’ as entry point for this discussion.

Moderator: Kerstin Winking

Speakers: Esther Captain, Alexander Supartono