A Javanese traditional herbal drink, or “jamu”, seller in Yogyakarta, 3 April 2014.
Earlier this month, the Yogyakarta Indonesian Photojournalists Association, or Pewarta Foto Indonesia (P.F.I.) Yogyakarta, re-exhibited their works at traditional houses in Sopingen cluster, Kotagede, Yogyakarta. The works has before been exhibited towards the end of 2013 at Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta. Titled “Jogja Berhenti Nyaman” (Jogja No Longer Comfortable), the exhibition aimed to raise awareness amongst fellow residents to keep the city liveable and to hold the city’s slogan “Jogja Berhati Nyaman” (Jogja Comfortable at Heart).
What is interesting about this re-exhibition is, other than the works, that the exhibition took place not in a gallery but in traditional houses. We decided to respond to the original form of the traditional houses in displaying the work—instead of boarding up the open structure, making it into a gallery. We spanned strings between the house’s poles and fixed the works onto the strings, keeping the open structure open. The event itself became less formal and transformed into a local event, as local residents contributed time and men-power in preparing the event. Local school children and housewives took their time and attended the exhibition, leaving various comments to the works.
The best way to enjoy this exhibition (a kind of site-specific istallation) is of course to attend and experience it. For those who could not make it, here are some installation views of the exhibition. We exhibited 115 photos in three traditional houses, each close to the others.
Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan ∎