1st Edition

The Art of Environmental Activism in Indonesia Shifting Horizons

By Edwin Jurriëns Copyright 2023
    204 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyses the intersections between contemporary art and environmental activism in Indonesia.

    Exploring how the arts have promoted ecological awareness from the late 1960s to the early 2020s, the book shows how the arts have contributed to societal change and public and political responses to environmental crises. This period covers Indonesia’s rapid urban development under the totalitarian New Order regime (1967–1998) as well as the enhanced freedom of expression, alternative development models, and environmental problems under the democratic governments since 1998. The book applies the concept of ‘artivism’ to refer to the vital role of art in activism. It seeks to identify and contextualise both the potential and limits of environmental artivism in Indonesia, a country whose vibrant art scenes and monumental social transformations provide a productive laboratory for exploring the power of creativity as a social and political change agent. It provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary art from Indonesia, with an in-depth analysis of artivists who seek to address and find solutions for some of the most pressing environmental issues of our times.

    With its detailed, empirical approach to environmental art from Southeast Asia, this project fills in an important gap in the literature on art and activism. It is aimed at academics, students, artists, curators, policymakers, activists, and general readers with an interest in the environment, art history, and Indonesian culture, society, and politics.

    1. Introduction; 2. Indonesian Artivism in the Capitalocene; 3. The Art of Development; 4. Urban Landscapes; 5. Urban Renewal; 6. Gendered Environments; 7. Anti-Development; 8. Contemporary Connectivities; 9. Makeable Environments?; 10. Shifting Horizons


    Edwin Jurriëns is Associate Professor and Convenor of the Indonesian Studies programme at the Asia Institute of the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of three sole-authored books, Visual Media in Indonesia: Video Vanguard (Routledge, 2017), From Monologue to Dialogue: Radio and Reform in Indonesia (2009) and Cultural Travel and Migracy: The Artistic Representation of Globalization in the Electronic Media of West Java (2004). He is also co-editor of some edited books, including Disaster Relief in the Asia-Pacific: Agency and Resilience (Routledge, 2014).