Yogyakarta, July 2012

I am now back to Yogyakarta. It looks like it is going to be a busy month.

Transvestites in a fashion carnival in Yogyakarta. July 2012. © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Transvestites in a fashion carnival in Yogyakarta. July 2012. © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

First, I helped a friend’s long term art project called Makcik Project. The project is an extension of Red District Project, initiated by artist Lashita Situmorang in 2008, who at that time explored the multi-layered life of female sex workers in Yogyakarta. This time, she works with transvestites in the current project and collaborates with artist Ferial Afiff and curator Grace Samboh. I help by contributing my photos to the project. My first contribution was when the transvestites joined the Yogyakarta Fashion Week carnival last week.

Artist Angki Purbandono of MES56 (in orange shirt) installs his work in ARTJOG 2012. He is one of the three commissioned artists in this year's event. © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Artist Angki Purbandono of MES56 (in orange shirt) installs his work in ARTJOG 2012. He is one of the three commissioned artists in this year’s event. © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Second, I am assigned to be the official photographer of ARTJOG 2012, which takes place 14–28 July at Taman Budaya Yogyakarta. ARTJOG is an annual art fair in Yogyakarta that has been held since 2008. Last year, I had my work exhibited in ARTJOG’s Project Presentation programme (see here). This year I will be covering the major events during the two weeks art fair, such as the press conference, VIP preview, opening night, artists’ talk, and institutions visit.

ARTJOG 2012 commissioned artist Joko Dwi Avianto (L) explains his work to Cemeti Art House's curator-in-residency Serena Bentley (C) and writer-in-residency Ni Nyoman Nanda Putri Lestari (R). © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

ARTJOG 2012 commissioned artist Joko Dwi Avianto (L) explains his work to Cemeti Art House’s curator-in-residency Serena Bentley (C) and writer-in-residency Ni Nyoman Nanda Putri Lestari (R). © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Third, I am also assisting a curator and a writer for Cemeti Art House‘s curatorial/research residency programme. The two curator/researcher-in-residency are Serena Bentley of Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival, an original New Zealander who lives in Australia, and Ni Nyoman Nanda Putri Lestari, an Indonesian young writer who resides in Malang, East Java. The residency started on 10 July and will go on for a month until 10 August 2012. ∎

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