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Toward Independence: A Century of Indonesia Photographed

Toward Independence: A Century of Indonesia Photographed J A N E L E V Y R E E D The Indonesian archipelago is a vast complex of islands, languages, and cultures--all coexisting in a variety of expressions and overlays. Moreover, the nation's social structures are inextricably bound to religious beliefs and practices, a milieu unfamiliar to modern secular Western sensibilities. These expressions of belief and culture create a delicate and dynamic web of social forms and tensions, and are a daily part of the aesthetic and intellectual endeavors of the nation's citizens. No selection of photographs, no matter how ambitious, could hope to present a complete picture of Indonesia's enormous richness and diversity. The photographs in this issue of Mänoa chronicle a significant onehundred-year era in the lengthy transformation of Indonesia from its Dutch colonial occupation, which began in the 1500s, to its emergence as an independent nation in 1945. The photographs were selected from an exhibition that I curated in 1991. While historical in nature, the exhibition was meant to carry forward and symbolize the strength and spirit of the Indonesian people, and inspire us all to better understand the complex social and cultural issues facing the country today. Viewing these photographs now, fifty-five http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Toward Independence: A Century of Indonesia Photographed

Manoa , Volume 12 (1) – Apr 1, 2000

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J A N E L E V Y R E E D The Indonesian archipelago is a vast complex of islands, languages, and cultures--all coexisting in a variety of expressions and overlays. Moreover, the nation's social structures are inextricably bound to religious beliefs and practices, a milieu unfamiliar to modern secular Western sensibilities. These expressions of belief and culture create a delicate and dynamic web of social forms and tensions, and are a daily part of the aesthetic and intellectual endeavors of the nation's citizens. No selection of photographs, no matter how ambitious, could hope to present a complete picture of Indonesia's enormous richness and diversity. The photographs in this issue of Mänoa chronicle a significant onehundred-year era in the lengthy transformation of Indonesia from its Dutch colonial occupation, which began in the 1500s, to its emergence as an independent nation in 1945. The photographs were selected from an exhibition that I curated in 1991. While historical in nature, the exhibition was meant to carry forward and symbolize the strength and spirit of the Indonesian people, and inspire us all to better understand the complex social and cultural issues facing the country today. Viewing these photographs now, fifty-five

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Published: Apr 1, 2000

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