Appreciating art does not mean that one has to visit galleries or museums. In some cases, event organizers and curators bring art to the masses, as Micro Galleries did in a kampung in South Jakarta this week. Titled “Women on Walls”, the pop-up outdoor gallery is a manifestation of the initiative to empower women and promote gender equality.
The exhibition involved women and children at a Jakarta kampung in Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta. The global arts initiative Micro Galleries collaborated with AkzoNobel, Dulux and MasterPeace for “Women on Walls”.
The project saw women living in the local kampung coming together with international arts communities to create a mural revolving around women’s issues and female empowerment, both locally and globally.
“We are excited to be able to host a lot of creative activities that are accessible to anyone,” said Micro Galleries Artistic Director, Kat Roma Greer.
Anastasia Tirtabudi, Head of Brand & Consumer Marketing, PT ICI Paints Indonesia (AkzoNobel Decorative Paints Indonesia) added, “We want to connect the women living in the kampung with local and international female artists to hear their stories and concerns. By doing so, the wall and paintings serve as an avenue to voice women’s issues, concerns, strength and dreams.”
Around 55 women and some children as well were involved in the project and contributed various designs and sketches to the mural. A main aim of the initiative is to reach one of the goals from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls - which is still a challenge in many parts of the world, including in Indonesia, where only 50,9 percent of all women participate in the labour force, compared to 83,9 percent of the men (UNDP, 2016).
Raghda El Halawany, MasterPeace Global Communications Manager said that the organization aims to advocate female empowerment and equality as vital element in every society through projects that tackle this particular issue through art.
“The beauty of street art is that it is visible for everyone,” Halawany explained. “It is not confined to norms or traditions, it is art without boundaries. That is why we believe it is a suitable and symbolic form of expression to defeat the limitations for women in society – art with no constraints for women with no constraints.”