Artist: Ignasius Dicky Takndare
Title: Khanikla Mey Moyo Yarate Ate (They Have Taken Our Belonging)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size (cm): 120 x 90
“Khanikla Mey Moyo Yarate Ate” is a phrase from the Sentani tribe in Papua, which translates into "they have taken our belonging". This is a metaphoric approach to the changing situation in Papua, where the Papuans’ roots have increasingly weakened. This is represented by the replacement of the noken (a woven bag that Papuans traditionally wear draped at the head) with plastic bags, and a totem held in the child’s left hand. The totem, which originated from Sentani lake but can now only be found in a museum in the Netherlands, reflects the shifting mindset of the Papuan people.