Postal Objects’ (Hidden) Message

Postal Objects’ (Hidden) Message

Postal Objects’ (Hidden) Message

29,7 x 42 cm
Digital Collage
Indonesia, 2015

During the New Order regime, postal objects that were part of analog communication at that time—stamps, envelopes, certificates, charters, telegrams and postcards—were visually filled with government slogans, figures, and programs. They were ranging from a wide variety of colors and sizes of Soeharto stamps and envelopes that were manufactured specifically for the launch of a government campaign to Pancasila picture in securities and also blank. The presence of electronic mail (e-mail) created by internet media technology today made analog communication become obsolete.

Ika Vantiani and Feransis collaboration tries to make a new meaning of former postal objects that they collect since a few years ago. They then try to see the difference in design and also the messages of postal objects made during the New Order and the government thereafter. It turns out the New Order government was far more observant and eager to insert the agendas of government programs in the various forms of matter ranging from postage stamps, envelopes, postcards and much more.

Ika Vantiani

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