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The Follower

embroidered emblems

2002

I chose my materials very carefully because different materials affect the meanings and contexts in my work. With “The follower” (2002) , I want to show the plurality of Indonesian society. I made this cloak after the Bali bomb in 2002, when Indonesia was labeled ‘a Moslem terrorist country' by international media. I collected embroidered emblems of many different organizations; from sports clubs, social clubs to political parties and religious communities. I sewed these emblems side-by-side, at times, one on top of the other and intertwined them to create another skin, to illustrate the moderate habitat of Indonesia's hybrid culture. Private Collection