Talking Walls: Freeing Art in Bali, Indonesia

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Chu, Lila; Occidental College
Indonesia; Bali; Komunitas Djamur; street art; graffiti; vandalism; social change; Art and Design; Arts and Humanities; Asian Studies; Civic and Community Engagement; Graphic Design; Politics and Social Change; Sociology of Culture; South and Southeast Asian Languages and Societies
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In some ways Bali’s street art manifests everywhere, in the form of abundant banten, decorations for Galungan and Kuningan, shrines, temples, ornaments, and the black and white checkered cloth draped over scared statues, rocks, and banyan trees. This aesthetic pleasure moves beyond the sacred, and into the street—peering out among Bali’s intricate ornaments and decorations. Declarations of Bali Tolak Reklamasi, and images of a Balinese woman sporting a gas mask circulate Bali’s cityscapes, along with other marks, writings, and murals finding homes on grey walls.