Institut Ungu Profile
Institut Ungu is a foundation,which works to promote gender equality, human rights and women’s liberation through the medium of the arts and cultural activities
To develop the arenas where people can meet through cultural movement activities which promote gender equality, justice and human rights and which aim to contribute to create a society that is just and where the oppression of women has been ended.
To contribute to the development of the women’s movement, including women cultural workers.
To contribute to cross-generational participation in a cultural movement to promote human rights and gender equality.
To forge cooperation with the women’s movement, including with cultural workers and organisations in Indonesia and internationally.
To struggle for a change in values, attitudes and behavior that currently reflect patriarchal ideology and for a social order that is just and is based on equality.
To struggle for and to facilitate the the participation of women art and cultural workers in all and any efforts to advance the state of Indonesian culture.
THE HER-STORY OF INSTITUT UNGU
Our basic ideas:
When the arts become a strategic medium…
“We preserve our hopes that parallel with the growth in the appreciation of the arts and culture, an understanding and appreciation of human rights, equality, tolerance and pluralism will also develop.”
The arts have long had a pedagogical role, facilitated by the enjoyment they give and thus their popularity. This kind of effort is accessible and open to people, and is able to reach a wide audience as a means of helping effect social change. The production of the theatrical piece Women at Point Zero, which was initiated by activists from Solidaritas Perempuan, Faiza Mardzoeki, and other women’s rights activists, was the starting point for us. Women at Point Zero was adapted from the novel by the Egytptian writer and struggler for women’s liberation, Nawal El Sadaawi. The performance was well received by the public. Thousands of people saw the performance. Tickets were sold out and hundreds of people had to be turned away. The event also received widespread media coverage, both during the lead-up to the performance as well as afterwards. This helped in the further development of a public debate and discussion of the situation of women.
The success of this event was an inspiration for us propelling the activists and artists involved in this project to continue to work to raise awareness using the arts and culture, which are so accessible to the public due to their popular, enjoyable and communicative nature.
In October 2002, Faiza Mardzoeki, Yeni Rosa Damayanti, Irina Dayasih and Nurachmi organized a pilot project, the Feminist Arts and Culture Festival, Festival April. It was organised as a celebration of the birthday of the Indonesian feminist figure, Kartini in April, 2003. It was a successful event, covering the fine arts, film, literature and other arts, where several thousand people attended over one month.
On 25 February, 2009 the Institut Ungu invited new individuals who agreed with the spirit of our vision and mission to join the organisation. They are: Siska Dewi Noya (Chika), Pande K. Trimayuni, Vivi Widywati, Citra Smara Dewi, Rhoma Dwi Aria Yuliantri, Dr. Soe Tjen Marching, and Geni Achnas.
INSTITUT UNGU has worked with other social organisations and popular artists to produce more theatrical events. These include the production of “Nyai Ontosoroh” (2006-2007), “Women Seize the Night” (2008) and “They call me Nyai Ontosoroh” (2009-2010). The first two of these productions received national scale publicity, receiving coverage in national, Jakarta and regional media. They attracted audiences numbering in the thousands. “They Call Me Nyai Ontosoroh” also performed in Amsterdam, The Hague (The Netherlands) and in Anwerpen (Belgium) commissioned by Troppen Theater Amsterdam and supported by The Netherlands Embassy, also the production of "Kartini's Letters (2010)
The latest projects were the Nora’s Sister seminar and performance of excerpts from A Doll's House Ibsen in Aceh (April 2010) supported by Norwegian Embassy and the second Festival April, a feminist cultural festival with theme “Raising Women Voices”.