Anti Tank

20151109 Anti Tank

Anti Tank
“Sabda Warga”
Posters and archival documentation
In collaboration with: Lifepatch, Wukir Suryadi, and community of Kapen Watu kodok, Karangwuni, Miliran, Baciro, Gondolayu

Discussing cities cannot be separated from changes, modalities and power. Yogyakarta, which is increasingly becoming a tourist and shopping destination, is no exception. At the same time, the role of society in determining developments in their living environment has become increasingly difficult due to a number of special regulations and their derivatives. For Andrew Lumban Gaol, one can only respond to the language of power by using the language of resistance, and this is the essence of “Citizens’ Utterance”. Under the flag of Anti Tank, he has made posters together with residents of five kampung in Yogyakarta, which are all about the same problem: the building of hotels in their direct environment. These posters are displayed in public spaces and in the exhibition space. As such, the posters have been disseminated widely, and allow the connection of various modes of resistance in the city.

Anti Tank is a project of Andrew Lumban Gaol. He is a street artist works and lives in Yogyakarta. Anti Tank project has started since 2003 in Pematang Siantar, North Sumatra and continued to Yogyakarta and other cities. This project has produced many posters, stencil and mural located in public places. This project has responded contemporary socio-political issues, both nationally and globally.

One of the works acclaimed is “Menolak Lupa” poster created in 2008 as part of the campaign to boost the litigation process for the murderer of human rights acivist, Munir. At this moment he is actively involved in Warga Berdaya community that criticizes the undemocratic development of the city.