I have recently been invited to participate in a relatively large group exhibition titled Beyond Photography. The exhibition presents work from about 70 Indonesian photographers. The exhibition is to celebrate Ciputra Group company’s 30th anniversary.
Curated by Indonesian prominent art curator Jim Supangkat and co-curator Asmujo Jono Irianto, the idea of the exhibition is to map Indonesian photography practice today, from professionals, ranging from photojournalists to commercial photographers, to contemporary artists who use photography as their main medium. So it is such a great opportunity to be included in such map.
To name a few of the participating photographers: Kurniadi Widodo, Doni Maulistya, Wimo Ambala Bayang, Angki Purbandono, Anang Saptoto, Wok The Rock, Edwin Dolly Roseno, Akiq Abdul Wahid, Jimbo Allen Abel, Agung Nugroho Widhi, Agan Harahap, Oscar Motuloh, Julian Sihombing, Fanny Octavianus, Kemal Jufri, Rama Surya, Davy Linggar, Samuel Nugroho, Lans Brahmantyo, Kayus Mulia, Anton Ismael, Nicoline Patricia Malina, and yours truly, among many others.
In the exhibition, I am showing three photographs I took of Merapi 2010 eruption aftermath. Each images were taken in different places and at different times, but can be seen as if they were a sequence: soon after mud flood, after the mud dried, and after the the mud was dug. I focused on houses—living rooms—to emphasise the effect of the disaster to families and how it had disrupted their lives. By doing so, I was hoping to not only document the event, but also to record how I felt of the disaster (fear, anxiety, distress, even relief).
The exhibition takes place 23 October to 6 November 2011 at Ciputra Artpreneur Center, address Jalan Prof. DR. Satrio Kav. 11, Casablanca, Jakarta. The gallery opens daily 10.00–21.00, free admission. Please do come if you are in Jakarta. ■