Participation in “Membongkar Bingkai – Membuka Sekat” exhibition at PKKH UGM

 

Next week I am taking part in an alumni exhibition organised by PKKH UGM to commemorate the dies natalis (anniversary) of my alma mater Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta. Titled Membongkar Bingkai – Membuka Sekat, the exhibition runs Monday through Saturday, 11–16 December 2017 at PKKH gallery.

I will be presenting a photo series about special school for deaf students in Wonosobo, Central Java I made three years ago. The series was actually intended for something else but the project has been left undone, so this exhibition is its first public showing. Come and see if you are around.

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Exhibition view of my work at Membongkar Bingkai – Membuka Sekat, PKKH UGM. ∎

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Speaker on documentary/art photography discussion

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This Wednesday I will be taking part in a panel together with Karina Roosvita and Vivien Poly to talk about the development of photography from its documentary function to its more artistic uses and the influence of social media, and how the three influence each other. The discussion is held in conjunction with the screening of the film Foto: OSTKREUZ (Maik Reichert, documentary, 2015), about the German photo agency Ostkreuz, founded after the fall of Berlin Wall in 1990.

Term of reference for the discussion is as follows. Art or documentation: Can everybody become a photographer? Only little more than a decade ago, young Indonesian photographers started to develop photography as art form that now is also recognized by galleries and curators. Like once Ostkreuz they started taking pictures of daily life in streets or private homes that before would never have been considered worth to be shown to a public audience. Today everybody can experiment with photography on instagram and other social media. Where is the boundary between art and simply catching a moment? And what is the role of professional photographers in this new media world?

The film is in German with English subtitle; the discussion will be held in Bahasa Indonesia. The film screening and the following talk are held at Kedai Kebun Forum, open for public and free of charge. Come and join us if you are in town and have time. ∎

Alumni professional sharing at John de Britto High School Yogyakarta

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Earlier today, I was invited to share my professional experience in photojournalism to the senior students of John de Britto High School, from which I graduated more than a decade ago. The purpose of this professional orientation is to give the students an idea of what it is like in real life to work in a certain field that they may find interesting to pursue as a field of study or even future career.

I shared my session with my senior who is now a photojournalist for Kompas, one of the top national daily newspapers here in Indonesia, P. Raditya Mahendra Yasa (Wendra). I knew Wendra since I was a sophomore and he was still studying Communications at Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, almost fifteen years ago. During the session, I shared some basic and general principles and knowledge in working in photojournalism, while Wendra emphasised that though we both work in the same field, our work natures are different: him being a national daily newspaper staff photographer while I am a freelance photographer working for magazines, both national and foreign.

Thank you, Pak Widi Nugroho, my English teacher who contacted and invited me. I hope what I and Wendra shared are useful for the students.

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Photographs courtesy of P. Raditya Mahendra Yasa ∎

By the River of Love at Fisipol Art Days 2017

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Photo by Budi N.D. Dharmawan

My photo series By the River of Love (2011–2012) is being exhibited again. I was invited to be a guest exhibitor for this year’s edition of Fisipol Art Days, held by my former campus Fisipol Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta, along with fellow Fisipol UGM alumni Akiq A.W., Jompet Kuswidananto, and T.A. Kusno. The exhibition, titled “Future Leaks: 5W+1H Are We Going?” is curated by Titah Asmaning Winedhar and is on view 26–30 September 2017 at Fisipol UGM’s new library building. ∎

Snapshots for “Mata dan Kuasa” programme, Festival Arsip IVAA at PKKH UGM

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Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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Me (far right) at Festival Arsip IVAA at PKKH UGM, September 2017. Photo courtesy of Indonesian Visual Art Archive.

Mentoring for photo exhibition with Publisia Photo Club UGM

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For the past three months (more or less) I have been mentoring a group of students from Publisia Photo Club (PPC) Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta as they are preparing their annual exhibition. The exhibition will take place this weekend at Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta gallery. For this mentoring, I do not set results as a goal, but rather emphasise on the process. As a mentor, I have to realise that they are students, not professionals, and perhaps do not wish to be professional photographers, too. So as much as I can, I try to contextualise what I wish to share with them by not only focusing on photography, and especially not only the technical side of it.

I tell them that it all starts and eventually ends with the story. So that’s what we should be focusing on, on how to find the story, how to approach the subject and dig deeper without losing focus, and finally how to present the story visually with a certain perspective. Last but not least, congratulations for the exhibition to all participants: Hanif Mufadlilah, Hestakhia Pranawati, I Gusti Ayu Viola, Yunica Murti Nastiti, Nirwana Pradana Maharani, Annisa Astri Hermantyo, Deana Fahira, Mutiara Puteri Amelia, Anisa Nur Aini, Lalitya Pradnya Pawestri, Muhammad Farhan Anwar, Anisa Meitasari; also those who helped: Anandhio Weiza Prashardika, Balya Galuh Jiehan Safira Rahma, Chaisar Ahmad, Muh. Faruq Hakiki, Nadia Utama Siregar, Priscilla Asoka Kenasri, Putri Laksmi Nurul Suci, Afifah Nuranian, Muh. Alzaki Tristi, Diatami Muftiarini; and all members of Publisia Photo Club.

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Me (center) with exhibition coordinator Hanif Mufadlilah to my right and PPC chief Muhammad Alzaki Tristi to my left, at the exhibition opening at Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta, 15 September 2017.