Power Dynamics in the Arts Sponsorship : Activities in Bandung and Yogyakarta during COVID-19


  • Mochamad Aviandy Southeast Asian Studies, Universitas Indonesia
  • Ade Ariyani Sari Fajarwati Bina Nusantara University
  • Zeffry Alkatiri Department of History, Universitas Indonesia
  • Kresno Yulianto Department of Archaeology, Universitas Indonesia
  • Hawe Setiawan Faculty of Visual Design, Universitas Pasundan




power relations, sponsorship, arts-related activities, COVID-19 Pandemic, Bandung and Yogyakarta


The research objectively analyzed artists’ actions and strategic reactions in the urban areas of Bandung and Yogyakarta in Indonesia during the extremely turbulent COVID-19 pandemic from March 2020 to early 2021. The pandemic greatly impacted the lives of artists and practitioners because of stringent governmental prohibitions that prohibited public art events. The research examined practitioners’ experiences concerning their reliance or autonomy from government funding when engaging in arts-related endeavors. This research methodology was based on gathering data from social media and field investigations; a comprehensive collection of posters, photos, and relevant notes was compiled using a cultural studies framework. In addition, interviews were performed with arts practitioners and communities, specifically examining their involvement on social media platforms. A detailed investigation was conducted by carefully analyzing the interview data to clarify the differences between art practitioners in Bandung and Yogyakarta. It is found that this research distinguishes between individuals who receive government sponsorship and those who operate independently. It enhances the overall comprehension of power dynamics between arts practitioners and the government in the distinct setting of the COVID-19 epidemic, including those who operated autonomously. This research utilizes a cultural studies framework to examine the power dynamics between artists and the government in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Author Biographies

Mochamad Aviandy, Southeast Asian Studies, Universitas Indonesia

Mochamad Aviandy is an assistant professor in the Department of Literature, Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia. He has a doctoral degree in literature, focusing on cultural and media studies, from Universitas Indonesia (2022). His dissertation was about how the media demonstrated that comprehensive media-framing strategies were required when dealing with authoritarian political regimes. His main research is how negotiations within media and cultural power are necessary to sustain the media’s role as one of the primary pillars of democracy in terms of power criticism.

Ade Ariyani Sari Fajarwati, Bina Nusantara University

Interior design, cultural studies, furniture


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