Taring Padi Collection

Biographical / Historical Note

'Lembaga Budaya Kerakyatan Taring Padi', or the Organisation of People's Culture Fangs of Rice (referring to the sharp tip of the rice plant, a metaphor for people’s power), in short Taring Padi is a community of artists in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The group was formed in 1998 during the general upheaval following the fall of Suharto. They are well known for the production of cartoon like posters embedded with political and social justice messages, using the cukil (woodcut) technique. In addition to their print work, they also create kinetic sculptures, street theater performances, punk rock and techno music. After the fall of Suharto, Taring Padi occupied an abandoned art school which they used as a residence and workspace for creating art, music and theater. Following the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake, they moved to a studio in Sembungan village, Bantul, Yogyakarta. Taring Padi regularly run workshops at their studio and undertake collaborative projects with communities and national and international art and political groups. Taring Padi also published a bulletin Terompet rakyat. [sources: Wikipedia & personal observations from Emile Schwidder]


This collection of posters was acquired by Emile Schwidder and Eef Vermeij. 2011


This collection has been brought together in 2011.


Collection of posters made by the Taring Padi collective, mostly for the 2009 elections.

Processing Information

List made by Eef Vermeij 2018