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Bandung Mourns for Mandela

Culture | Sunday, December 15th, 2013 | sundanesecorner.org

Hawé Setiawan

Artists’ performance on the polluted river (Photograph: Hawé Setiawan)

Artists’ performance on the polluted river (Photograph: Hawé Setiawan)

On a polluted river, close to the historic Asia-Africa Conference building, Bandung’s artists paid tribute this morning to Nelson Mandela. On the shallow riverbed of Cikapundung, in the heart of the city, prominent artists Tisna Sanjaya, Diyanto, Isa Perkasa, and Deden Sambas, along with writer Mona Sylviana, staged a performance that resembled a sort of Indonesian political meeting. They wore Indonesian formal attires: the males in black with the well-known péci (untasseled fez, usually made of black velvet and wore by political leaders) while the female in kebaya (a long-sleeved blouse) and batik skirt. They sat on wooden chairs surrounding a wooden table with a tumpeng (a cone of steamed rice, usually served in a ceremony) on it. A long white banner hung from the table to the stream with a message on it: “Long live Mandela.”

That’s how the artists mourned for Mandela and their beloved river as well.***

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