I live in a country of full of paradoxes. People seem to be friendly and warm like the tropical climate, they love to smile even when they feel disturbed. Most people love sweet melodious music, stories about love and affection, have a firm believe in the existence of God, and believe in religion and its rituals. They seem to take life easy; people move gently and elegantly and speak softly to show their politeness and harmony with the surroundings. This is one side of it, one face of Indonesia, very sweet and nice.
At the same time it has another face which is horrific. Indonesians, sweet Indonesian people are also capable of practising all kinds of violence, such as genocide, rape, and abuse of the weak, without feeling guilt and remorse. And it is gone so far (all the killings & rape in East-Timor, Aceh, Ambon, Papua, Jakarta among others), that the society has been dehumanized so acutely.
I know it is not just the militaristic Indonesian regime who is capable of doing such awful acts. The regime is a tool for other regimes, the stronger ones called Multinational Corporations, whose interest is to widen their empire to get as much profit as possible from all over the world, and from anything inhabiting this earth. So, they need to control everybody and everything. Through their sucking device called IMF (we love to call it International Mother Fucker) they exploit and control the weak and suck the people dry.
This imperialistic system is sustained by employing people to control others through their market system, and when there is anyone or a group of people that doesn't agree and rebels against it, the imperialist market-police will take action to crush them, and teach them a lesson (and they will get paid to do it).
This is the way that the ruling elite shows their power and arrogance.
Arahmaiani, Jakarta 2000
1961 in Bandung, Indonesien, geboren 1983 Bandung Institute of Technology, Department of Arts 1985-1986 Paddington Art School, Sydney, Australien 1991-1992 Academie voor Beeldende Kunst, Enschede, Holland Ausgewählte Performances seit 1997 (ohne Ausstellungen): 1997 "Do Not Prevent the Fertility of Mind", Concrete House, Bangkok; "Handle without Care IV", Havana; "Handle without Care, Who Cares?", Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo und Hiroshima; "Point Zero - My Mind Gets Stuck", Marsi Gallery, Bangkok 1998 "Point Zero - My Mind Gets Stuck"; - Nippon International Performance Art Festival '98; Festival der Winternachten, The Hague, Holland; "Show Me Your Heart", Nippon International Performance Art Festival; "Burning Bodies, Burning Country", Musee de Castieva, Almaty, Kasachstan; "Show Me Your Heart", JAXPA 98: Festival of Asian Performance Art I, Bangkok; Cemara 6 Gallery, Jakarta; Jamzz, Jakarta; Semanggi 1999 "Burning Bodies, Burning Countries I", CCP Manila; "Show Me Your Heart", "Und Ab Die Post", Postfuhramt, Berlin; "Newspaper Man Kampung Tenda Semanggi", Jakarta; "Dayang Sumbi Refuses Status Quo", French Cultural Centre, Bandung; "Hell Comes To Paradise", Vredeburg Fort, Yogyakarta