• Issue
  • May 01, 2022

Being Together

FITRI DKKami Muzi Dia Wawo Tana, 2019, woodcut print on paper, 80 × 60 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Almost every culture has its own word for hanging out. In Indonesia, it is known as nongkrong. This simple but universally understood activity propelled the establishment and practices of many of the country’s collectives in the 2000s after the fall of the Suharto regime. Among the groups born of this era are Taring Padi, for whom hangouts serve as the basis for their collective discussions, which can then lead to mass mobilization, solidarity movements, and public protests alongside women, Indigenous peoples, the LGBTQ community, farmers, and others fighting for their rights.