Through her Indonesian arts collective, QuiQui, Fitriani Dalay wraps trees in Massakar on the island of Sulawesi with knits handmade by herself and other locals taught through her community classes. These colorful envelopments act as a kind of resistance against visual pollution, censorship, and creative elitism, while empowering the local women.
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In addition to challenging this kind of artistic censorship, Fitriani says she wants her work to rebuke elitist attitudes about art. “Good art is art that can touch and be useful for many people,” she says. “Today, the art world is not just about the artist and his work alone. But most people in Makassar believe that the art world is enclosed, that exhibitions should be exclusive, held in closed spaces with shiny floors and walls. We want to change this understanding.”
To democratize the making and consumption of art, Fitriani has also placed her 6-year-old daughter’s work on show in the gallery she runs with her partner. And QuiQui offers free classes to the public, not only on basic knitting, but on pocket book binding, printing, music, and more.
Though Fitriani doesn’t explicitly identify as a feminist, her work has focused on helping women specifically. QuiQui has campaigned for safe, convenient, and free public spaces for women, and, alongside its arts courses, offers classes on women’s reproductive health and breast self-examination.
This story was originally published on March 20th, 2016.