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When curator Mizuki Takahashi was selecting artists for the Japan Foundation-sponsored exhibition “Kita! Japanese Artists Meet Indonesia,” held earlier this year in Indonesia, she deliberately chose ones “capable of involving local people and working in local environments.”

So, when six-person artist group Chim ↑ Pom went to Bali, rented a helicopter and dropped rubbish from the sky onto a “garbage mountain” where a community of locals usually make a living scavenging trash, technically speaking, they were doing exactly what was expected of them.

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