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Art & Dialog Indonesia: ‘Uli’s Voice’

October 2, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Discussion and screening of a documentary focused on one woman’s fight to preserve her weaving traditions

Indigenous arts are precious expressions of thinking and ways of being on this planet. They represent a panoply of ways to connect with nature and all beings, animate and inanimate. This series will open with a short but powerful film entitled ‘Uli’s Voice’ (2022). It explores the ways of a textile artist in Indonesia and highlights the challenges she faces. Her voice is singular, but Uli is not alone. Makers of indigenous art everywhere are threatened by a global economic system that compromises more than supports their efforts. The session will briefly sketch the trajectory of decline of the weaving tradition that Uli carries on and uses all of her skills to perpetuate. The focus of the entire series is regeneration. We believe that Uli offers the key to regeneration when she points out that “we are all connected, like the yarns of her textiles”. In the search for sustainable ways of being on this planet, all are indeed connected even as strategies will need to be locally relevant and meaningful. The boundary between the Global North and the Global South will become obsolete.

Uli herself will be present in this session, as well as the filmmaker MJA Nashir, and the producer, Sandra Niessen.


October 2, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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