HISTORY SERIES

Autopsy of History

For some people, the historical truth remains an ominous specter even tragically forgotten.
Location
Jakarta
Year
2016
About
A series of performance lectures conducted by Irwan Ahmett in 2014, 2015, 2016. Each event was held on specific historical dates in Indonesia which have many unrevealed stories.

Autopsy of History

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HISTORY SERIES

Autopsy of History

For some people, the historical truth remains an ominous specter even tragically forgotten.
Location
Jakarta
Year
2016
About
A series of performance lectures conducted by Irwan Ahmett in 2014, 2015, 2016. Each event was held on specific historical dates in Indonesia which have many unrevealed stories.


To avoid unpleasant treatment from particular groups who have power to stop events with the theme of 1965 incident, Autopsy of History took place with limited invitations and without publicity. It was located at LBH Jakarta (Jakarta Legal Aid Institute) in one evening on the date when the assassination of 7 Army Generals happened, 30th September – 1th October 1965 (G30S/Gestok/Gestapu). Those two days became the trigger of the brutal history in Indonesia, which took 500,000 to 1 million lives suspected communist. Until today the autopsy letter of the 7 generals as the evidence has been neglected, Military and some radical nationalists still live under their own propaganda. A few weeks before guided by a reliable source, we discovered several mass graves in Central Java and attempted to bring ‘Post-Mortem artifacts’ which connects life and death…angel and demon…

That night, Irwan challenged the historical reconstruction created in New Order period by the creator Nugroho Notosusanto with an unforgettable experience to audiences as witnesses through ‘persuasions and traps’ to eat fruits and vegetables picked from mass graves locations then digest them to nourish the memory about paradoxically historical truth.