Proceedings of the 1st Conference of Visual Art, Design, and Social Humanities by Faculty of Art and Design, CONVASH 2019, 2 November 2019, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

Research Article

Shaping Place Identity in Urban Villages with Community Mural

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.2-11-2019.2294918,
        author={Ernest  Irwandi and Setiawan  Sabana and Andryanto Rikrik Kusmara},
        title={Shaping Place Identity in Urban Villages with Community Mural},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 1st Conference of Visual Art, Design, and Social Humanities by Faculty of Art and Design, CONVASH 2019,  2 November 2019, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={CONVASH},
        year={2020},
        month={8},
        keywords={place identity community mural urban villages local culture participatory},
        doi={10.4108/eai.2-11-2019.2294918}
    }
    
  • Ernest Irwandi
    Setiawan Sabana
    Andryanto Rikrik Kusmara
    Year: 2020
    Shaping Place Identity in Urban Villages with Community Mural
    CONVASH
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.2-11-2019.2294918
Ernest Irwandi1,*, Setiawan Sabana1, Andryanto Rikrik Kusmara1
  • 1: Institut Teknologi Bandung
*Contact email: ernest.irw@gmail.com

Abstract

Globalization has caused rapid expansions of cities and increased mobility of culture. In Indonesia, traditional settlement that is used to coexist with nature must face the challenge of modernization. Expansion of modern cities squeezed traditional settlements between commercial complexes and cause formation of segregated settlements, known as urban villages. Poor urban development often causes gentrification, thus producing slum areas and creates social disparity. This paper discusses mural decorations in urban villages of Java Indonesia that have transformed slum areas into iconic places. Decorating urban villages with mural has become a movement across Java for almost a decade. Several urban villages have evolved to become tourist destinations and part of the city’s identity. This research studies the production of place identity through community murals. A Combination of methods will be used in this research. First visual ethnography is used to examine local culture in one urban village of Java Indonesia. Second participatory approach will be used to examine the production process of community mural and to analyze how art can empower a community.