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lurycoco.comlurycoco.comlurycoco.comWe went to the opening  of Mooi Indie photo exhibition at Spazio, a sociohistorical culture event  featuring ‘Portrait of Life’ of Jean Demmeni, curated by archivist from ANRI (Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia)  Mona Lohanda, Ph.D who also a historian focusing on Batavia or we call it today as Jakarta. Jean was a government photographer from Netherlands. Equipped and privileged by the government she managed to capture colonialism in Indonesia back then around 1866-1939. Her works representing the condition of modernization and industrialization Dutch brought into this country, from agricultural to factories, seafaring and trading.

Overall these works showed that ‘de Nederlanders’ domineered ‘de inlanders’ but at the same time they made them civilized. Jean also documented the beauty of landscapes and human interests of  the native land-a Mooi Indie.
Mona Lohanda is saying how important to always remember our history, to learn mistakes that we did in the past, hope that next time we won’t be trapped in the same whole again.

When seeing to these photographs it is so mind boggling we wondered how at the time Indonesia became so industrialized and modernized that  somehow nowadays our beloved country is supposed to be standing side by side with Korean, Japan or maybe China, but unfortunately the reality tells otherwise.
Cute guy in blue t’s overthere..makes me swoon..
Ambonise soldier…the 3D effect on the picture above caused by fixed lenses. They generates a wider angle when aiming the object and a short focus length, making the objects that far behind the main focus look entirely washed out or dissolved out
That night there are height (see the two ‘bule’ near to the boy) and culture differences but united in the past until this present day at Mooi Indie 🙂

In the meantime  by continuously reflecting ourselves with the past we  can learn lessons as an improvement to  the way of thinking, acting  and seeing the world around us for the better future.
Tired but feeling lucky and amused.
Keroentjoeng Orchestra

IMG_1753The whole show  was amusing,after several welcome speeches including from Mrs. Mona Lohanda herself , the guests were welcomed to enjoy the complements of the  event, while listening to the traditional music of Keroncong we mingled with other guests eating authentic cuisine of the Inlander heritage..siomay Bandung, satai and ‘bubur kendil’ Madura..perfect!
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