Graffiti of Indonesia
What is it with me and the graffiti? I’ll tell you what it is – street art is the pulsing heart of a nation, and the snippets I make while traveling tell me something about the world we live in.
What do I see when I look at these pictures? I see figures from temple carvings and wayang kulit, ancient art that is still being celebrated in the modern world. I see political messages painted in red and white: the colors of the Indonesian flag. I see explosive color, pointed messages, and a passion for adding beauty to the everyday – art is added to telephone boxes, garage doors, and unsuspecting walls all over town.
Indonesian graffiti expresses a national demand for beauty in the every day, and the varied passions of a forward-facing people who take pride in their roots.