Gedung Pola not only functions as an exhibition room built specifically to exhibit Sukarno’s Utopian vision on architecture and city planning but also it has become a place to exhibit his political strategy on Nationalism and Modernism. The building serves as a representative political space for Sukarno’s ideal propaganda for Jakarta citizens in particular and all Indonesian citizens in general. This paper elaborates on how an exhibition not only was used as a representative visual medium but also how it has become a political strategy. Sukarno’s ideology could be understood by reciting his archives as evidence, which will be interpreted through a hermeneutical approach to view an architecture artefact as a historical phenomenon. In reciting these archives, leftover traces will be interpreted phenomenologically, as a way to address the existence of political space in Gedung Pola and also to reveal how an exhibition can be a strategy for political space.
Amy Marku, Saint Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts, Russia
Kemas Ridwan Kurniawan, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
M. Nanda Widyarta, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
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