Talk on “Sharing with Photography”

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I am invited to join as a speaker in this talk show on “Sharing with Photography”, organized by Galang Press foundation in conjunction with a photo exhibition commemorating the 10th anniversary of Merapi volcano’s 2006 eruption and the 6th anniversary of its 2010 eruption. The exhibition features works by photojournalists Boy T. Harjanto (at that time covering for The Jakarta Globe newspaper), Wawan H. Prabowo (Kompas daily), and Slamet Riyadi (stringer for The Associated Press news agency).

The talk show is inspired by Boy T. Harjanto’s practice of giving back to the communities around the slopes of Merapi volcano affected by the eruption. Boy collected his work into a photo book titled Merapi 120 FPS and gave few hundred copies of it to the people of Merapi for free. Those people sold the books to tourists and used the money to rebuild their lives, as they had lost almost everything (houses, cattles, farms, even their lands) during the 2010 eruption. In the talk, Boy will explain more of this practice, what the idea was behind it and how he did it, while I will try to broaden the discussion by presenting similar practices throuhout the history of photography.

The talk show will be held this Sunday, 30 October 2016 at 15.00.
It is open for public and free of charge. ∎

Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta 28 at Taman Kuliner Condong Catur

Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta is held again at Taman Kuliner Condong Catur in Sleman, Yogyakarta, like last year. Previously, it had been held at various locations around the province, namely Plasa Ngasem (near Tamansari water castle) and Fort Vredeburg Museum (behind Taman Budaya Yogyakarta), among others. The 28th edition of the annual festival, it was opened on 23 August 2016 and will end on 9 September 2016.

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FKY28 façade at Taman Kuliner Condong Catur, Yogyakarta, 7 September 2016. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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A women’s clothing booth at FKY28 Taman Kuliner Condong Catur, Yogyakarta, 7 September 2016. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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Visitors walking past craft booths at FKY28 Taman Kuliner Condong Catur, Yogyakarta, 7 September 2016. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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Buy one get one promo at a craft booth, FKY 28 Taman Kuliner Condong Catur, Yogyakarta, 7 September 2016. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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FSTVLST vocalist Farid Stevy spotted at snacks booth at FKY28 Taman Kuliner Condong Catur, Yogyakarta, 7 September 2016. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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Crowds at FKY28 Taman Kuliner Condong Catur, Yogyakarta, 7 September 2016. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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A snacks booth attendant taking a rest at FKY28 Taman Kuliner Condong Catur, Yogyakarta, 7 September 2016. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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Visitors walking past craft booths at FKY28 Taman Kuliner Condong Catur, Yogyakarta, 7 September 2016. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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The band Jalan Pulang performing at the main stage of FKY28 Taman Kuliner Condong Catur, Yogyakarta, 7 September 2016. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan ∎

Talk show at Diponegoro exhibition

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The Java War broke 190 years ago, in 1825, when the Dutch attacked the residence of Prince Dipanagara (or Diepo Negoro, or Diponegoro). It lasted for five years, as Prince Dipanagara, the leader, was finally captured by the Dutch in 28 March 1830. National Geographic Indonesia had assigned me to follow the prince’s footsteps and the report was published last year. This month, Galeri Nasional Indonesia is holding a exhibition to commemorate Prince Dipanagara as Indonesia’s national hero of independence.

His story was not so black-and-white, though. Dipanagara is a national hero because he fought against the Dutch colonialism. But he was once considered a rebel by the Keraton of Yogyakarta. As a retaliation after his residence was burnt down by the Dutch, he attacked the Keraton and the Pakualaman—and during the war, he proclaimed himself as the sultan of Java, thus considered denying the rule of the Sultan of Yogyakarta, his younger half-brother. But the politics inside the Keraton as well as between the Keraton and the Dutch was not so black-and-white either.

During the month-long exhibition, I will be sharing my experience in retracing the life and times of Prince Dipanagara for National Geographic Indonesia. Please come and join us if you are around. ∎