Space and Politics of Sukarno’s Utopian Vision Exhibition in Gedung Pola, Jakarta, Indonesia


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.

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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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Conference: ACAH2020
Stream: History/Historiography

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