Aimee Harman

New Colombo Plan

Soft power’s hard edge

The New Colombo Plan’s soft power can’t be underestimated. It’s a powerful gesture: sending our youth to learn from our neighbours is a sign of humility. It shows a willingness to cooperatively shape the region’s future.

Indonesian art

The vexed future of Indonesian art

If you say “Indonesian art” to switched-on global curators, you get a smile of not only approval but often delight. The Indonesian art that comes to their minds is the energised, politicised (and post-politicised), often-humorous, and bright.

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