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 Y., Isroviana Sarasvati, 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! ∎
I will be moderating an artist talk during “Ke Sana Kemari” photography project presentation, part of Arisan Tenggara residency program, held at Ruang Mes 56, Yogyakarta. The event will take place on Sunday, 2 December 2018, 19.00. ∎
I have been asked to help assist a number of Unit Fotografi UGM members who recently went to Student Community Service / Community Empowerment Learning (Kuliah Kerja Nyata), who wishes to present photographs they had taken while they were there in an exhibition. I helped editing their photographs, also making sequences for the exhibition.
Nadya Ajlina went to North Toraja in South Sulawesi (Celebes), Deano Damario went to East Kutai in East Kalimantan (Borneo), Pandhit Pringgo Harjo went to Banggai Islands in Central Sulawesi, Fenni Nursita Sari went to Manggarai in East Nusa Tenggara, while Tria Baeti Setiadini went to Pulo Breueh in Aceh.
The exhibition will take place at Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta’s gallery, Monday to Wednesday, 3–5 December 2018. Opening reception on Monday 7 pm.
I will be talking about photographing culture and local wisdom at Universitas Jenderal Soedirman’s Refleksi Photography exhibition this weekend in Purwokerto, Banyumas, Central Java. I will be sharing about ethnophotography approach, along with Aji Susanto Anom who will speak about photography technique and Kukuh Sukmana Hasan Surya who will speak about Banyumas culture.
The event is open for public with tickets. See the poster for information.