Made Ngurah Amanda Pinatih | Indonesian Objects and Their Affordances (working title) | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities | Promotor(es); supervisor(s): Prof. dr. Wayne Modest & dr. Esther Captain | 2020-2024 | amanda[at]madepinatih.com
Understanding the affordances of Indonesian objects in terms of socio-political belonging for young people in the Netherlands who self-identify as Indonesian-Dutch across public, domestic and artistic spaces.
What do specific objects afford, what do they enable or constrain, in the politics of belonging for young people who self-identify as Indonesian-Dutch in the Netherlands, and how do these affordances differ across different domains – public, domestic and artistic? This research project takes this as its central question, focusing on objects that came from Indonesia during colonial times and now reside in museums, in homes, and are used in artistic practices in the Netherlands.
Recent years have seen more contested debates on Dutchness, citizenship and the politics of belonging, especially for the descendants of formerly colonised peoples. At the same time, we see rising concerns for what to do to with “colonial” collections in museums. If what it means to be a citizen in the Netherlands today, in fact in Europe today, and how colonialism shapes this citizenship, is being called into question, the role of museums with their vast collections of objects acquired during the colonial period, are increasingly becoming central to these debates.
By bringing these different debates together and taking on notions of (post)memory, emotional citizenship and object affordances, this research project will focus on young people whom self-identify as Indonesian-Dutch, to explore the role of things, of Indonesian objects, in shaping their own negotiations of their belonging to the Dutch nation.