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About The Artist

Arief Budiman (b. 1994) is a Depok-born, Yogyakarta-based artist, whose primary medium is the moving image. In addition to exploring forms spontaneously and intuitively, his practice is centered on themes involving current lifestyles, politics or community behavior and the influence of the Internet in his native Indonesia. He is active in Piring Tirbing, a group that produces and develops audio-visual content, as well as being involved in the Video Battle program and Cafe Society Cinema in Ruang Mes 56.

ARIEF budiman

"I use the internet as a resource in exploring archives and stories about the “mysterious shooter” incidents, which constitutes a history of violence that has never been taught in school, and taboo even in everyday conversation."

About The Artwork

Adegan Yang Hilang dari Petrus draft #4 (Missing scene from mysterious shooter - draft #4)

Single-channel video with sound

Arief Budiman’s Missing scene from mysterious shooter - draft #4 is premised on the Petrus killings that occurred in Indonesia in the mid-1980s, the term Petrus stemming from the Indonesian phrase, penembak misterius, or mysterious shooter. The murders were a series of executions that took place between 1982 and 1985, with hundreds or thousands of criminals - the exact death toll is disputed - shot by undercover death squads, and their bodies left in public spaces as a warning to other criminal elements. It is generally understood by historians and commentators that these executions were part of a clandestine official effort to reduce violent crime, and involved the Indonesian military, or ABRI. The artist writes: “I use the internet as a resource in exploring archives and stories about the “mysterious shooter” incidents, which constitutes a history of violence that has never been taught in school, and taboo even in everyday conversation. I derive, from these archives, speculative narratives about the discovery of corpses. Most of the bodies found had similar wounds: gunshots, cuts, stabs. Here, I attempt to tell absent stories about the events of the “mysterious shooter.”

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