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You Need to Question Everything About Indonesia at an Exhibition This Weekend

'PARIPUNA' opens this Friday. Plus everything you can't miss this weekend.
May 11, 2018, 12:30pm
Illustration by Firman Dicho Rivan

Looking for some stuff to catch up on this weekend? Whether it's TV, movies, books, or anything in between—VICE has you covered. Read on for our staff recommendations on what to take in during your downtime:

GET FREE TATTOOS AND BEER AT THE F THING PARTY

F the System is a party centered around not giving a fuck. And free things—beer, music and tattoos. And fashion, of course, since it’s hosted by The F Thing, a fairly new online shopping site that features both local and international brands. Some of Jakarta’s chillest DJs are performing here and next to installations by several beloved local streetwear labels such as Paradise Youth Club and Public Culture. — Dini Lestari

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GET TO KNOW ONE OF INDONESIA'S MOST CELEBRATED WRITER AT 'NAMAKU PRAM'

Pramoedya Ananta Toer is one of the most important Indonesian writers of all time. In the exhibition Namaku Pram: Catatan & Arsip, you get to immerse yourself into his personal life. The detailed exhibit will take you through his journey of becoming a literary figure, his imprisonment in Buru Island, and his passing with postcards from his family members, a replica of his office, and his notes and manuscripts. After this weekend, you have one week left to check it out before Namaku Pram closes on May 20. — Sattwika Duhita

LEARN WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A POET IN THE NEW ORDER ERA FROM 'ISTIRAHAT KATA-KATA'

Indonesian poet Wiji Thukul disappeared in 1998. He hasn’t been seen since. Many believe that Wiji was one of the many people abducted by Gen. Suharto’s forces because of their criticisms against the New Order government. Istirahatlah Kata-Kata is a historical fiction film that follows Wiji and his poetry as he becomes a fugitive in his own country. The film, directed by award winning Yosep Anggi Noen, is playing this Sunday at Kinosaurus at 7 PM. Come early as seats are limited! — Alia Marsha

REDEFINE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE INDONESIAN AT 'PARIPURNA'

Globalization has blurred all the lines and we often find ourselves questioning: What is local and what is global? What’s traditional and what’s modern? Most importantly, what constitutes as Indonesian?

DIVISI 62, a Jakarta-based group of individuals with background in music studies, anthropology, film, graphic design, and photography, might not have all the answers. But they’re here to put these issues center stage. In their debut exhibition, PARIPURNA, they’re assessing not only the identity of our nation, but also the aesthetics and ideological concept of Indonesia. Without prejudice or reservations, they’re trying to relocate and weave the fragments of our heritage, showing us Indonesia in its entirety. PARIPURNA opens on Friday night at RUCI Art Space and closes on June 10. — Syarafina Vidyadhana