Dapur Umum 56 (Yogyakarta)
Dapur Umum 56 (Public Kitchen 56) is a movement initiated from fellows of Ruang MES 56 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic situation to meet one basic human need: food. This pandemic has forced many of us to cease living the life we have known so far, so this movement was established to share the vulnerabilities among freelance art workers in Yogyakarta affected by Covid-19. This movement believes, we have to admit that we cannot move just on our own to get through this crisis and that we are never alone.
At first, this initiative was initiated as a meant to support the #MaskerForAll movement that Ruang MES 56 launched at the start of the pandemic. However, over time, a collective idea emerged from fellow art collectives and art workers to expand this safety net for fellow art workers in Yogyakarta affected by Covid-19, which then later became the Dapur Umum Kolektif (Collective Public Kitchen). When the situation started to be somewhat “under control”, fellow art workers began to find works again, so the Dapur Umum Kolektif was then transferred back to the 56 Public Kitchen until now.