Murder on Display...Lest We Forget

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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Dadang Christanto
The 110 painted portraits in acrylic and charcoal on canvas in mock aged-photography sepia-tones at Wei-Ling Gallery are poignant reminders of the 1965 Indonesian genocide – one of the most savage in recent history.Some half a million to three million people were estimated to have been killed by the military and their marauding death squads, purportedly to purge communist or leftist-inclined elements in the wake of an abortive coup. Members and sympathizers of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI), including...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.