Taring Padi

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Taring Padi is a community of underground artists in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The group was formed in 1998 during the general upheaval following the fall of Suharto.[1]

Taring Padi are well known for the production of cartoon like posters embedded with political and social justice messages, using the cukil (woodcut) technique onto paper or canvas. In addition to their print work, they also create kinetic sculptures, street theater performances, punk rock and techno music.

After the fall of Suharto, Taring Padi occupied an abandoned art school which they used as a residence and workspace for creating art, music and theater. Following the 1996 Yogyakarta earthquake, Taring Padi became based in a studio in Sembungan village, Bantul, Yogyakarta. The group is well known among international art collectors and underground communities such as the Just Seeds Artists Cooperative.

Works by Taring Padi have been shown in many formal and non-formal settings including Indonesia's National Gallery in Jakarta and at the 31st Century Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand.[2] Taring Padi was also included in the group show Sisa: re-use, collaborations and cultural activism from Indonesia at the University of Technology, Sydney gallery.

In 2004 a film about Taring Padi by filmmakers Jamie Nicolai and Charlie Hillsmith,Indonesian Arts, Activism and Rock 'n' Roll was screened on the SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) in Australia.[3] A short cut of this film can be seen at YouTube.[4] Filmmaker Rohan Langford has made a brief profile of Taring Padi artist Aris Prabawa, who in 2010 held solo shows at the Asia Australia Arts Centre (4A) and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Sydney, Australia.

Taring Padi regularly run workshops at theirmstudio and undertake collaborative projects with communities and national and international art and political groups. In May 2010 Taring Padi and networks, together with the victims of Siring Village and surrounds, collaborated to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the Lapindo Mud disaster near Surabaya. They held etching, screenprinting, painting and singing workshop activities culminating with a carnival and a people's stage show on the edge of the dam containing the mud. A film documenting this project can be seen and downloaded at engagemedia.org.[5]

In 2010 in Chiang Mai, Thailand (hosted by Empty Space) and 2012 in Yogyakarta (hosted by Taring Padi), Taring Padi collaborated with Thai and Myanmar artists in the project Under, After and In Between. Under, After and In Between focused on the different circumstances of each country and group and how they can influence the purpose of artistic work. The projects culminated in performances in Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Yogyakarta and Kulon Progo. The third installment of the project is scheduled to be held in Yangoon, Myanmar in 2014 hosted by ThuKhuma Khaye Art Theatre.

Taring Padi published its book Seni Membongar Tirani (Art Smashing Tyranny) in 2011 in Indonesian and English covering 10 years of the collective's work, including art work and academic articles.[6] This book was launched in a number of cities in Indonesia in 2012 including Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Denpasar in Bali, Makassar, Medan, and Padang.

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  1. ^ Heidi Arbuckle Art by Taring Padi collective at http://undergrowth.org/teeth_of_the_rice_plant_taring_padi
  2. ^ Video on Vimeo
  3. ^ Art, Activism and Rock 'n' Roll by Margie Farrel http://www.aiaa.org.au/news/news20/activism.html
  4. ^ Art, Activism and Rock 'n' Roll on YouTube
  5. ^ Reflections in the Mud at engagemedia.org
  6. ^ Taring Padi, (2011) Taring Padi: Seni Membongkar Tirani (Taring Padi: Art Smashing Tyranny)', Lumbung Press, Yogyakarta.

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