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Galeri Salihara

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Galeri Salihara

Country: Indonesia

 

Komunitas Salihara is an arts center active since August 8, 2008 and the first private multidisciplinary arts center in Indonesia.

Located on a 3,800 m2 plot of land on Jalan Salihara 16, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, the Komunitas Salihara complex consists of three main buildings: Teater Salihara, Galeri Salihara, and office space. The black-box Teater Salihara is the only theater of its kind in Indonesia at this time. Currently, the Komunitas Salihara complex is expanding with additional facilities to include a rehearsal studio, guesthouse, and amphitheater.

Komunitas Salihara can be called an alternative cultural center: it is not owned by the central government, regional government, or a foreign embassy.

The vision of Komunitas Salihara is to maintain freedom of thought and expression, respect differences and diversity, and to foster and spread artistic and intellectual resources. We need to assert this vision, because in Indonesia today, where electoral democracy has been implemented for the last two decades, freedom of thought and expression is still threatened from above (by instruments of the State) or from the side (by sectors in society itself, especially groups acting in the name of some religious or ethnic group).

In its programming, Komunitas Salihara gives priority to new arts. This innovation is not merely a sign for us that people support arts which are dynamic, but it is also a creative attitude towards the diverse artistic heritage of Indonesia and the world. Komunitas Salihara invites audiences to support this innovation. However, to achieve this ideal situation will require a rather long process. For that reason, Komunitas Salihara still presents arts of an “ordinary” nature which we see as a bridge for general audiences to move towards the new arts which we mean. In this way, we hope that in the years to come, Komunitas Salihara can hold more performances of new arts and expand the circle of audiences with a new perspective.

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