Indonesia In The Midst of Catastrophes

May 16 - 29, 2012,
11:00 am - 08:00 pm
Galeri Salihara

“AFTERMATH: Indonesia in the Midst of Catastrophes” is a solo photo exhibition and audio-visual presentation of a body of work by multi-award winning Indonesian photojournalist Kemal Jufri over the last decade.

It is a story that depicts the triumph of the human spirit at a time of utter despair and a humbling recollection of mankind’s vulnerability in the face of catastrophes, natural or manmade.

“AFTERMATH: Indonesia in the Midst of Catastrophes” is also a social commentary about disaster preparedness and management, which serves as a stark reminder of lessons learned and how to be better equipped to anticipate such future phenomena.

The series of images on display at Galeri Salihara is a visual record of human struggle and the resilient character displayed by the people of Indonesia in coping with the challenges brought about by the aftermath of a string of major calamities that plagued the country. It is an excerpt from an upcoming book of the same title, which is tentatively scheduled for launching sometime in July 2012.

Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara Director Oscar Motuloh, who was also Jufri’s mentor and the curator for this exhibition says about the artist, “Photography is a visual pen that can be used in different ways depending on what the photographer wants to achieve. In AFTERMATH, Kemal tries to convey the essence of his thoughts by putting together a collage of images from several natural and man-made disasters that befell the country for the audience to reflect on. The imagery depicted in Kemal’s collection of photos are more than just insipid ceremonial artifacts. His work is more a visual analysis of the historical records of our civilization that serves as a realistic basis to contemplate  the proverbial footprints left by mankind.“

"This country needs more individuals who are able to penetrate the extremely competitive jungle of photojournalism and not hesitate to denounce social injustices and confront the judicial biases innate in the establishment, which is now detached from the principle of diversity -- the essence and strength of this nation. Kemal is one of these very few individuals,“ Motuloh adds.

For the audio-visual presentation, Jufri is collaborating with a number of other talents including an original musical score by Indonesia’s leading cellist and composer Dimawan Krisnowo Adji with vocals by esteemed Acehnese ethnomusicologist Nyak Ina “Ubiet” Raseuki. The multi-media stage presentation will open with over a hundred images in motion accompanied live by Mr. Dimawan on the cello and Ubiet on vocals. A selected number of poems written for the book by Dina Purita Antonio-Jufri -- freelance writer and wife of Kemal Jufri -- will also be read by Acehnese poet Debra H. Yatim during the opening. It will be showcased at Teater Salihara, a blackbox theater with a maximum seating capacity of 252, the only one of its kind in the country.

“Documenting these phenomena and the lives of people affected is a moral responsibility I take seriously as it is an important way to raise societal awareness. However, I want to take this a step further in my capacity as a photojournalist by attempting to raise funds my body of work to help the victims directly,” says Kemal Jufri.

The event is under the auspices of Komunitas Salihara and Imaji Multimedia Production and will open on May 16, 2012 at 7pm. It aims to raise funds to give back to some of the victims of these catastrophes in one way or another. Proceeds from the sales of selected signed photographs will be used to help specific beneficiaries from the areas of disaster.

For further details and additional information, please contact:

Dian Ina (Galeri Salihara) at 0816557684 or via e-mail: [email protected]

Dina Purita Antonio-Jufri (Imaji) at 0811924470 or via e-mail: [email protected]