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In Chains

the vacuum cleaner

Photo by I Gusti Ayu Azarine Kyla Arinta
2018 – 2019

In Chains is a short documentary that comes out of a new collaboration with world famous artist and mental health activist Hana Madness (Indonesia).

The film focuses on Istana KSJ (or informally The Palace) a radical and autonomous mental health community that is rebuilding lives in West Java (Indonesia). Many of those living at KSJ have previously been subjected to a practice of shackling, chaining or confinement (known as Pasung) because of their disability, some for decades. The film is a portrait of this community and its residents, and how it works to humanise those who have been denied their humanity.

17.32 mins
Spoken Indonesian and English. Indonesian and English Subtitles. German subtitles on request.
Trigger Warning: this film includes descriptions of torture and confinement.

Previous exhibitions

National Gallery of Indonesia
Schwankhalle (Germany)
Münchner Kammerspiele

Supported by the British Council’s UK/ID Season 2016-18 and Artsadmin. Special thanks to I Gusti Ayu Azarine Kyla Arint (Rinta), Mary Osborn for Artsadmin and all at Istana KSJ.

Date Title Venue City
12–29 October 2018 In Chains Bebas Batas Festival, National Gallery of Indonesia Jakarta
Photo by I Gusti Ayu Azarine Kyla Arinta