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. ∎
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. ∎
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 ∎
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. ∎
I travelled to Lasem in Rembang regency, Central Java, to celebrate Chinese new year. It was my second time visiting the small town located at Java’s north coast. I only spent three days and did not explore much, other than visiting the town’s three Chinese temples (Poo An Bio in Karangturi neighbourhood, Gie Yong Bio in Babagan neighbourhood, and Cu An Kiong in Dasun neighbourhood) and photographing the ceremonies that took place at each temple.
Here are some photos I took from my Chinese new year visit.
Happy Chinese new year!
Gong xi fa cai!
Xin nian kuai le!
Wan shi ru yi!
Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan ∎
I have been invited to spark discussion about the practice of documentary photography, which will be held on Wednesday, 16 January 2019. This event is in conjunction with the final exhibition of Sewon-based ISI Yogyakarta’s photography 2014 students, which is titled Pekan Fotografi Sewon (Sewon Photography Week).
In this discussion I will be responding to three students’ work who talk about and make bodies of documentary work: Rosita Carolina Yasin, Isroviana, and Ita Nur Wulandari (Photography 2014). I will try to broaden the perspective on documentary photography by shortly examining its development over the years; also how ideas of its practitioners and encounters with other fields such as arts, technology, and media have pushed its boundaries and opened doors to new possibilities within its practice.
I draw numerous thoughts to start this conversation, among others from Beaumont Newhall, Roy E. Stryker, Susan Meiselas, Fred Ritchin, Stephen Mayes, Ariella Azoulay, John Szarkowski, Sarah Meister, Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Stephen Bull, James Curtis, and David Campany, as well as from my own experience both as a photographer and a reader of photographs.
The event is open for public and free of charge. See you if you are around!
Group photos after the event, courtesy of Pekan Fotografi Sewon.