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Taring Padi was founded in 1998 under the name of Lembaga Budaya Kerakyatan Taring Padi—or the Taring Padi Institution for People's Culture. In 2004, the name was changed into Komunitas Seni dan Budaya Taring Padi—or the Taring Padi Art and Culture Community. The latest activity of the group is: the collaborative exhibition “Calon Arang,” in cooperation with the Gang Festival (Australia) and Bilik Marsinah. The group has also participated in several joint-exhibition such as: “Country-bution”, Biennale Yogyakarta VII, Yogyakarta (2003); “Art Against the Machine” at the 24HR ART, Northern Territory Center for Contemporary Art, Darwin, Australia (2002); and the Festival of the People's Culture at the Sanggar Caping, Sewon, Yogyakarta (2001).
In an urban space such as Jakarta, eating cannot be separated from the city's spatial problems. The food stalls along the road such as the pecel lele stalls mushrooming in the city seize our attention. These are problematic food stalls. Aside from fulfilling humans' appetites, these stalls are also filling up the roadsides, which should actually be used for other purposes. On the other hand, the food stalls also betray the traditional character never disappearing from the urban scene: the customary hanging out with friends. The stalls also form an economic system of the people, and are recognized as the people's last bastion to survive under Indonesia's pounding economic crises in the last few years. So, how then? (Artist’s Statement)
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