The crowd was crazy and the exhibition had been extended right by then..it happened longer than it used to be on the poster. This time most of the artwork had something that innovative, interactive and edgy. A honorable mention were the SuBo-stand for Suro and Boyo-an awesome 3D-printed character of the urban folktale animal of Surabaya created by my college who’s also happen to be my boss-Pak Aris (https://www.instagram.com/subosuroboyo/) , and a versatile algorithmic 3D simulated paper craft hanging on the wall, a reminiscence of its creator’s visage worth to acclamation-“Selepas Belantara” by Erandaru Srisanto. BUT the Mirror on the wall said that the fairest of them all was the one and only..the one that also stole the most press attention was Cindy and Piyok’s work..
That was the majestic optical illusion shadow playing mock up of Surabaya’s city scrappers-“KOTAKITA”. Even the best part was that they built up the mini version of the famous features in Surabaya, such as BNI tower, Graha Pena, Tugu Pahlawan and The historical Jembatan Merah. Nodded envy-ly this work rocked the event, they stole the spotlight! Off course from the moment the exhibition was opened ’till the last day this event was ever happened, the press just kept coming again and again, and it was definitely become ‘the face’ on every headlines these journalists ever wrote about.
We 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.
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.
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.
The 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!
Instasunda is a community that shares the same interest about mobile photography using Instagram apps, this Sundanese based club hold an charity exhibition at gallery Hidayat Jl. Suljana this evening, 80 % of the auction will be used to support education in Bandung, and I’m about to pay some visit..well, you know why I’m attending.. yep correct! cause it related to my thesis..hope I meet someone useful, at least some future respondents. Anyway so excited to be there later on 5th April for the next event following the exhibition, there’s going to be a discussion about photography from social and media perspectives, definitely the one I’m looking for…I’ll be the first to shout and ask!
At first I’m a bit confused with the direction to get to the gallery, and the weather is killing me, it’s darn stifling, I’m sweating all over my back to my jeans…but i finally manage to get there though…so..here I am..looking all of these people gathering, chatting and mingling, and the rest is busy taking photographs like what I’m about to do..I guess that’s the only thing I can do since the awkwardness of attending events that no one knows you and you know no one, so I take some of these pics..too bad I don’t get many shots on this..
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