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Indonesia is facing a time when the lived experiences and narratives of queer people are being challenged, erased, and delegitimized in the national collective memory. Our project presents a response to this challenge through the collection, preservation, and celebration of the collective memories of queer Indonesian communities.
We believe that queer Indonesians share a collective ownership of their histories and have a right to access those histories. These exhibitions aim to enact a memory activism approach within our communities, fostering collective involvement, participation, and ownership in the collection and celebration of these histories. Through the creation and launch of online exhibitions, we invite viewers into the archive, and into a digital repository of the collective memory of our communities.
It is to be hoped that through the exhibition, the queer communities of Indonesia and the wider ASEAN region can connect into the shared histories of their predecessors. By fostering connection and diversifying the memories and histories that are made public, we challenge existing misperceptions about Indonesia’s queer past. Especially the assumption that queerness in Indonesia has emerged as a side effect of ‘modern western influence’.
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