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Our exhibition Apa kabar? (What’s new?) explores the relationship and tensions between mainstream culture and local remixes. For the duration of the exhibition MAMA’s showroom becomes an accessible research space where you can check for yourself whether cultural exchange and the remixing of mainstream culture is problematic or liberating.

For most projects we – just like many other art institutes – write and print neat little handouts, which serve as an additional source of information. These handouts usually contain background texts about the artists and the works that are being shown. Within the framework of Apa kabar? (What’s new?) it seemed only fitting for programme maker Maria Lamslag to ask designer Oana Clitan to spice things up a bit. The result is a remix of this traditional form of communication; a classic newspaper mixed with new forms of media.

The Indonesian phrase ‘apa kabar?’ literally means ‘what’s the news?’ but is used to ask ‘how are you doing?’. In Indonesia this expression rarely gives rise to confusion: everyone answers, ‘good’ or ‘not so good.’ The English exhibition subtitle ‘What’s new?’ is a nod to the common literal mistranslation of ‘Apa kabar?’ and refers to how ‘what’s new’ and ‘how are things’ seem to be interchangeable, especially in the online context of never ending news stories and news feeds. The Apa kabar? (What’s newspaper?) plays with ideas of mistranslation, cultural appropriation and a global remix culture. Come pick up your physical copy at the showroom!

Or read the online version of the Apa kabar? (What’s newspaper?) by clicking here.

mama_apa_kabar_whats_newspaper_online_105dpi_screenshotPreview of the Apa kabar? (What's newspaper?) (2019)

This story is part of Apa kabar? (What’s new?), which is open from March 29 – May 26 2019.

The design of the Apa kabar? (What’s newspaper?) was done by Oana Clitan.

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