“Desain, Gagasan, Daya Ungkap” book launching and talk at Yogyatourium


A new book for which I contribute an essay is finally out: Desain, Gagasan, Daya Ungkap. The book commemorates Dagadu’s 25th anniversary and there will be a launching event at Dagadu’s space Yogyatourium with fellow writers: Lisistrata Lusandiana, Sita Magfira, Wok the Rock, and Iwan Pribadi. There is another writer, Ayip Budiman, but he cannot make it to the launching, because he is in Bali.


For the book, each writer highlights a topic from their own perspective. For my essay, titled Dagadu Menurut Dagadu (Dagadu by Dagadu), I don’t use my own perspective, but rather the perspective of the people whose stories I tell. The book project began in April 2018, so it has been a year since then. The launching will be marked with a talk and will take place on Monday, 20 May 2019. Come if you are around. ∎


Talk about personal project with photographer Tjandra M. Amin


I will be moderating a talk about working on personal projects with photographer Tjandra Mohammad Amin during the opening of his touring exhibition “Tanpa Batas”. The exhibition, held in conjunction with the publication of a photobook with the same title, is born from Tjandra’s personal photographic project following the Indonesian rock band Slank (active since 1983) during the period of 2000–2007.

I first knew about the photographer and the project in 2006. I was participating in a photojournalism workshop in Solo where Tjandra was one of the mentors (along with Oscar Motuloh of Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara and Arbain Rambey of Kompas daily newspaper). During his session, Tjandra shared a bit about the project and mentioned his dream to make it into a photobook. The photobook finally came into realisation in December 2018, in celebration of Slank’s 35th anniversary, and has since been promoted independently by the photographer with a touring photo exhibition.

For the event in Yogyakarta, Tjandra chose the event to be held in Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta. The aforementioned talk will take place during the opening of the exhibition on 30 April 2019 at 19.00. The event is free of charge and open for public. The exhibition opens daily 16.00–21.00, through 3 May 2019. ∎

World Down Syndrome Day 2019

Last weekend I joined an outing event celebrating World Down Syndrome Day 2019, organised by POTADS (Persatuan Orang Tua Anak Down Syndrome; Down Syndrome Children’s Parents Union) Yogyakarta. Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21, also known as trisomy 21. It is typically associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features, and mild to moderate intellectual disability. During the event I made some new friends, both children with Down syndrome as well as their parents. Here are some photos I took from the event, taking place in Turi, Sleman, Yogyakarta.

Jud, age seven

Wenda and her daugher Lintang, age sixteen

Titik, Wenda, Jud, and Lintang

Jud running after a photo shoot


Naura and Jud








POTADS Yogyakarta group photo




Down syndrome children catwalk contest

Motor neuron and group coordination excercising game



Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan ∎

Moderating Regina Safri’s photo book launching “Before Too Late”

Rere BeforeTooLate BBY

I will be moderating Regina Safri’s photo book launch event, taking place on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 at Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta. Titled Before Too Late (published by Gueari Galeri, 2019), it is Regina’s second photo book, the first being Orangutan Rhyme and Blues (published by Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara, 2012; I wrote about it here and here). Prior to this upcoming event in Yogyakarta, Regina has also launched and promoted the book in Jakarta, Bandung, and Bali. Please come and join us if you are around. ∎

Talkshow on travel photography “Lens of Jogja” hosted by Matra Visual Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta

Lens of Jogja poster

I will be taking part as one of the speakers in a talkshow on travel photography titled “Lens of Jogja” held and hosted by Matra Visual photography club, Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta. The talk will take place on Friday, 8 March 2019 at Jogja National Museum, during the university’s Sepekan Arsitektur 2019 event.

I am not really a travel photographer as introduced on (or suggested by) the poster, but I do travel a bit for work both on projects and assignments. I will share some tips on the topic as well as a bit of so-called social aspects of travel(-ling) and travel photography. See you there! ∎

Judging Sepekan Arsitektur 2019 photo contest


I will be judging a photo contest held by the Department of Architecture, Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, during the 2019 edition of its annual Sepekan Arsitektur event. The contest’s theme is “Finding the Spirit of Place” and it is open for students and public in general. ∎

Guest-curating for Jakarta International Photo Festival 2019



I will be guest-curating the inaugural edition of Jakarta International Photo Festival (JIPFest) which will be held 25 June–9 July 2019. I applied a curatorial proposal which has been selected by the curatorial team to be included in JIPFest’s Curators Lab platform, together with nine other participants, who will also be guest curators. The curatorial team consists of Firman Ichsan (head curator), Jenny Smets, and Ahmad ‘Deny’ Salman. Selected guest curators including Edy Purnomo, Toto Santiko Budi, Rosa Panggabean, Taufan Wijaya, Agung Prasetya Nugraha, Prasetya Yudha Dwi Sambodo, Caron Toshiko, Sari Asih Joedawinata, and F.X. Damarjati. ∎