Papermoon Puppet Workshop

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Puppeteer Jim Henson and Kevin Clash always mentioned about the gift of storytelling. At a young age, they have paved their path to inspire people through the celebration and art of puppeteering. The people behind Papermoon Puppet Theatre are no different. The masters of the craft, Maria Tri Sulistyani and Iwan Effendi are the main founders of Yogyakarta-based troupe determined to address stories which are close to their hearts. Many of their stories became a voice and a social commentary to the forgotten pieces of history. Other times, it is the simple portrayal of human connection.

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On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in the month of October, Gabbie and I decided to dive into the craft and understand the process of creating our own human puppet guided by the masters sitting by our side.

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Held at the spacious Dia.Lo.Gue, we made our own puppets using the simple materials of rattan, newspaper, tape, scissors, webbing, and glue. The rattan is used as the skeleton of the body. We were taught if we wanted to make our own puppets at home, we would need to use thinner shoots of rattan which are bendable to make the structure of the ribs, hips, and each body parts. The head, palm, and feet are then made using crumpled newspaper which are placed over each other in repetition and taped over with white tape to hold it together. The webbing is used for the joints of the body creating movement to the whole body.

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The characters of the faces can be explored with finger punches or adding newspaper pieces over the faces to create the eyebrows, protruding cheeks or chin. But it all depends on the expression and personality we wanted our puppets to portray.

While the workshop was made to be done in a matter of three hours, some of us who were very into finalizing the final art form spent till late night munching, laughing, and being hands on in creating the puppet. This enjoyment of creating our own puppet is maybe the first step in bringing our puppets to life.

Text by Athina Ibrahim
Photography by Gabriela Bhaskar

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Tulisan Pop-Up Store at Hyundai Mall

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For those going through the chilly autumn breeze in South Korea can be warmed by our Marigold and Luca Prints which are now available at Hyundai Mall, Kintex Point. For only one week, we suggest you fight the urge of staying in your home and dive into the bold selection of home accessories, totes and bags.

27th of Oct to 9th of November 2014
Hyundai Department Store
Kintex Point
South Korea

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Photography by Farid Irnaldi 

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Jakarta Fashion Week 2015| Saturday – Friday 1 – 7 November 2014

As the most influential fashion week in South East Asia, Jakarta Fashion Week has the potential to deliver the Indonesian fashion industry to become a world fashion player. The impact of Jakarta Fashion Week has been recognized by professionals in the fashion industry which include the credible journalists, buyers, photographers, stylists and even international models who make this annual event even more popular. This year, Jakarta Fashion Week will be held on 1 to 7 November 2014 Senayan City.

Senayan City
Jl. Asia Afrika Lot 19,
Jakarta Pusat

For more information: www.jakartafashionweek.co.id

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Cédric Andrieux Contemporary Dance | Thursday 6 November 2014

Cédric Andrieux is a solo dance created by dancer Cédric Andrieux. This dance flashes through his ​​journey as a dancer since his day studying contemporary dance at Brest, then in the Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris, and when he became a dancer for Merce Cunningham in New York and recently at the Ballet de l ‘Lyon Opéra.

GoetheHaus
Jalan Sam Ratulangi No. 9-15
Menteng, Jakarta Pusat

For more information: www.ifi-id.com/jakarta

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Indonesian Dance Festival 2014: Expand | Saturday, 8 November 2014

>The Indonesian Dance Festival (IDF) is a biannual international contemporary dance festival. This year IDF is held in several venues in Jakarta, including Komunitas Salihara. On the closing night of the festival at Komunitas Salihara, we will present Kris Is, a collaboration between Arco Renz-Kobalt Works (Belgium) and Ali Sukri (Padangpanjang). This dance work combines dynamic and intense dance movements and theatrical gestures that are based on Minangkabau-style martial art silat.

Teater Salihara
Jl.Salihara No.16.,
Pasar Minggu

For more information: salihara.org/event

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Happy Halloween!

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An eye for a scream and a tooth for a sweet
Haunting down the streets for a little mistreat
Legends of mystery coming alive from its history
The day of mischief buried in a pool of grief
Daunting harrowing tales leaving children shivering pale
Held once a year dusting days full of cheer
Have a scary ghoulish day!

Are you in for a treat? Or would you dare for a trick?

- Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Plume: A Film by Michal Gorzynski

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This film by Michal Gorzynski demonstrates a tour of Poland’s Gdańsk in the following fashion video of Tulisan’s Plume & Wonder Fall/Winter collection 2014-2015. The video plays with light and shade in a city of trade by the baltic coast, which is home to a central seaport in Poland.

The prominent influence of the Plume & Wonder edition was based on the crossing line between the subversive conscious of our dreams and our projected reality. The film joins the ethereal connection between the self and nature, following the steps of a young woman supporting a Plume Panama Bag in Orange Salmon as she follows the haziness of sunlight, embarking on a discovery through the shifts of emotions captured through the streams of sound and the boundless landscapes.

The video accompanies Indonesian-band Polka War‘s ambient track “Horse Hooves” which will be released in their upcoming album this year.

The Plume Prints Edition will be available in November 2014.    

Film by Michal Gorzynski
Music by Polka Wars

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ANIMA: Voyage to the Subconscious Mind

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ANIMA are Tulisan limited edition playing cards illustrated by myself and a Swiss Canadian Artist, Sébastien Théraulaz. We have been working on this project together through the internet and long distant communications since last December 2013. The four suits correspond to the four classical elements: Air (Hearts), Fire (Spades), Water (Clubs), and Earth (Diamonds). Additionally the deck features two jokers depicted by the artists’ Oracle of the Sacred Catfish and two special Anima cards portrayed by their Supreme Hippocampus.

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Time passes through and divides our lives into several facets. My very first sensory of this life was the warm skin of my mother. The very first shape of emotion was her eyes that gave me a blanket of protection. Since then, between reality and dream, I hold a set of cards which unfold both weaknesses and strengths. Every encounter and dialogue with other individuals became a game where we exchange our cards, for the better or for the worse. As I play my game, I discover something new about myself.

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We all live in four different dimensions. The first fundamental dimension is an awareness of the corporeal body and its changes.

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The second dimension is our dream and our vision. The third dimension is our soul and spirit. The fourth is our mind and how we conquer it.

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These dimensions are like chambers of games.

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Only the self have the ability occupy the four chambers at all times. A balance person takes full control of these four dimensions.

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With most other players, we share at least one dimension. If we are lucky, we would meet another player whom we get to share three chambers. Then at a very rare occasion, we might cross our path with another player who plays the game in the same four dimensions.

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The Anima Playing Cards is a project is about facing the truth of our being, confronting the worst of our fears, embracing all imperfections and setting the mind free from any dogmas.

Throughout history playing cards have served a variety of enigmatic purposes. Originally only the front of cards were printed, while the backs were left blank. This free space combined with their petite size made them ideal for use in sending secret love letters and covert messages. Playing cards have also been linked to secret societies as it is believed that the seemingly benign symbolism used for the cards’ suits and values actually relayed hidden messages. This complex and mysterious history adds to the charming allure inherent to a deck of cards. Whether it is through the love of games or secrets, playing cards have been bringing people together ever since their creation hundreds of years ago.

Tripple kisses,

Melissa Sunjaya
Founding Artist

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Presenting the F/W 14 -15: Wonder Prints Edition

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Dear Tulisan Friends,

After much anticipation and an exclusive preview of our Fall/Winter collection 2014 – 2015 held last June, we proudly present the official release of our Fall/Winter Collection ‘Wonder’ Edition. 

The textile design are based on a few original pen and ink drawings which are then arranged manually into motifs. For the 2014 prints editions, ‘Wonder’ is an Art Nouveau inspired illustration of a cat fish and its habitat. The October collection will be available in two Wonder Prints Edition color ways: Smokey Lunar and Light Coco on 16 types of bags, organizers, and pouches.

We will be hosting the intimate launch at our boutique in Darmawangsa Square City Walk, Jalan Darmawangsa VI, Ground Floor, next to Ranch Market. This event is opened to the public on Wednesday, 22 October 2014, from 09:00 to 15.00. The artist Melissa Sunjaya will be available for a bag signing.

Come by for an autograph, a quick hello, and sit with us for warm cup of tea!

Warmest wishes, 
Tulisan Team

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Spotted: Tulisan on My Spring Days!

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Our Smokey Plum Marigold Print Apron and Blue Note Marigold Print Pouch was recently spotted on the South Korean Drama: My Spring Days! Moreover, the wearer of the apron and bearer of the pouch is none other than the beautiful Choi Soo-Young, the favored actress and singer of the girl group band, Girls Generations!

A beautiful print on a beautiful actress in the land of Kimchi’s! Our week is complete!

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Image courtesy of m.blog.naver.com

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Namarina Youth Dance Evaluation

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In the dance film Vers Mathilde we are brought into the life of movement following the routine of modern dance choreographer Mathilde Monnier. With minimal dialogue, each dance movement is deconstructed to show the intensity of repetition and dedication one goes through in interpreting one of the most meticulous art forms.

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This is a glimpse of what we saw during the Namarina Youth Dance Evaluation. As the groups prepared for the upcoming Hotel Batavia performance – a special collaboration between Tulisan and Namarina Dance Academy – Melissa, Michál, and I witnessed the three dance groups who performed in front us showcasing their ability to increase their agility and quality of movement based on the practice which undertones the complexity of speed, transfer of weight, and strength.

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Dance such as ballet requires the ability to push the body to its limits, as each group was evaluated by the number of judges in the dance studio, we understood the seriousness these dancers has to master to complement their body to sound,  body contour to expression, and the ability to master emotions over technique.

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Established in the year 2006, Namarina Youth Dance under the precedent 1956′s Namarina Dance Academy takes on its roots of classical ballet while fusing the traditional culture to showcase the young talents in Indonesia and place their dance ability to the map of the world.

The audition was divided into two segments first being the ballet group audition, where  the groups of dancers has to amplify various dance techniques as Plies, Tendu & Glisses, Grand Battement, to Pirouette in Attitude before showcasing to us their ability to preform dance variations.

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The second part was the jazz dance. A range of dance Jazz routines with the intention to warm up the major muscles group of upper and lower part of the body as well as evaluate the dance technique, dance performance, and musicality of each dancers.

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Each dance group’ movement was evaluated by the Artistic Directors and observed by the number of choreographers, musician and NYD’s Board of Advisors to ensure their dedicated efforts are translated into the technique and tempo of music they are able to portray.

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As once stated by the late ballet dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev “Technique is what you fall back to when you run out of inspiration,” and the Namarina Youth Dance (NYD) group has proven that mastering the versatility in technique can push for a soul-enriching performance.

We look forward for the upcoming Hotel Batavia performance coming up this November 28 and 29, 2014. 

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Tickets can be purchased at:

Namarina Pusat (@_Namarina)
Jl. Halimun No. 43, Jakarta 12980
+62-21- 829 4777, 829 4778

Namarina Kebayoran
Jl. Gandaria Tengah III No.9
+61-21-739 8557

Gedung Kesenian Jakarta
Jl. Gedung Kesenian No.1
Jakarta Pusat 10710
+62-21 380 8283, 344 1892

Text by Athina Ibrahim
Photography by Michál Gorzynski & Athina Ibrahim

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#TerimakasihVeteran | Tuesday, October 7 2014

In the event of supporting the nationalistic and patriotism in oneself, the event #terimakasihveteran (thank you, veteran) will be held to trace back history. In the year 1940, the number of veteran has fought colonialism to preserve Indonesia’s Independence. But what do they get out of it now? This event is established as a form of gratitude for the veterans who are almost forgotten by the government.

Performing:

Merah
Kelompok Penerbang Rocket
Melanie Subono
Anda Perdana
Uda Sjam

Fundrasing project for veterans.

Level II
The Foundry
SCBD
Jakarta

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BAND PERFORMANCE: Jirapah | Saturday, October 11 2014

In welcoming the Salihara Festival, a number of young and energetic bands will be preforming in complementing for the larger and main performances during the event. Each will bring their own style and centre to give for a memorable performance.

Taman Serambi
Jl.Salihara No.16.,
Pasar Minggu

For more information: salihara.org/event

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Be Your Self | Saturday, October 2014

Be Your Self (2010) is a choreography that takes the human’s body and the meaning of being a human back to the stage. This performance fuses different narratives: Buddhism philosophy, feminism discourse, and medical text. The movements of the dancers are designed to be highly athletic, sophisticated, and dangerous.

Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) is a contemporary dance company based in Adelaide. This company was established by Dr. Elizabeth Cameron Dalman in 1965. Garry Stewart has been working as ADT’s artistic director since 1999. This company has been consistently presenting provocative contemporary issues with progressive dance movements.

ADT has successfully won 28 awards; to name a couple are the Green Room Awards (2014) and Australian Dance Award (2013).

Teater Serambi
Jl.Salihara No.16.,
Pasar Minggu

For more information: salihara.org/event

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Puppetry Workshop by Papermoon Puppet Theatre | Wednesday, October 1, 2014 

Hailing from Yogyakarta, Papermoon Puppet Theatre have presented their whimsical puppets and experimental puppetry in performances and exhibitions across the globe. Get behind the scenes and try your hand at making your own puppet. Work with tools, rattan, bamboo, paper, glue, and screws to make your own little creatures and bring them to life!

Dia.Lo.Gue
Jalan Kemang Selatan Raya,
Kota Jakarta Selatan,
DKI Jakarta 12730,
Indonesia

For more information: www.bobobobo.com/treat

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Revolution | Thursday, October 2 2014 

In Revolution (first performed in 2009), 12 performers will be dancing by rotating clockwise on iron poles in various movements. This work is the first part of a trilogy, alongside Rouge (2011), and Tragédie (2012).

Olivier Dubois is the vanguard choreographer and performer in France. Other than creating dance choreographies, he also performs in several choreographies and performances directed by prominent directors. Olivier also gives dance workshops in several dance academies and international dance companies. He formed Compagnie Olivier Dubois in 2007. In the same year, he also received an award from a number of French art critics for his work Pour tout l’or du monde. This work was awarded first prize exaequo of Jardin d’Europe in 2008.

Teater Salihara
Jl.Salihara No.16.,
Pasar Minggu

For more information: salihara.org/event

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Exhibition “Stille Passanten” | September 20 – November 15, 2014 

Did you know that in the last century more than 30,000 Javanese people emigrated to Suriname? Do you want to know more about their migration?

You are welcome on Saturday 20 September at 4.00 p.m. at the Erasmus House where the exhibition ‘Stille Passanten’ about Surinamese Javanese migration will be opened. You will learn more about a piece of forgotten history with unique photographs, books and other documentation.

Eramus Huis
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said kav. S-3,
Jakarta, Indonesia 12950

For more information: erasmushuis.nlmission.org/program

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Gift Essential for Libra

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Our hearty Librarians are known to have an eye for balance. Born in the month of September 23 to October 22, they are known to be delicate beings who enjoy the comforts of life if set in a beautiful package. Last year we recommended the selected Tulisan Hampers, since Libra’s are known to be heavy weighers of decisions, they would appreciate a good friend who knows what to get them instead.

We recommend going for the Tulisan Gallery Tote to quench the Libra’s thirst for all things aesthetically pleasing. They can spend their days exploring a nearby gallery and art space with their lofty interior which can keep their daily necessities in tact. Opt for their birthstone color opal or alternative sapphire color to make them

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Text by Athina Ibrahim

 

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Arthouse Cinema: Postcard from the Zoo | Tuesday, 23 September 2013

Raised by instructors in the zoo, the zoo has become the world known best by Lana. She learned to take steps as elegantly as the hippo and the giraffes and followed the beautiful way the elephants move their flap of ears . As time goes by, Lana did not care who her father was.

GoetheHaus
Jalan Sam Ratulangi No. 9-15
Menteng, Jakarta Pusat

For more information: www.goethe.de/ins/id

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Coefficient of Expansion | Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Galeri Nasional Indonesia will be hosting the 3rd Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics  Biennale with the theme “Coefficient of Expansion.” 

Curated by
Asmudjo Jono Irianto
Rifky Effendy

Galeri Nasional Indonesia
Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur no.14.
Jakarta

For more information: galeri-nasional.or.id

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Circuit Speak Percussion | Thursday, 25 September 2014

Speak Percussion creates a surreal world of music with different electronic and musical equipments,played in an innovative style. In Circuit, they will perform four contemporary percussion pieces; from three Australian composers and one Danish composer.
Speak Percussion is a group of percussion players based in Australia that has been performing for more than 13 years. Speak Percussion collaborates with multidisciplinary artists and explores a number of fields: percussion, architecture, gastronomy, installation, building instruments, astronomy and dance.
This percussion group has won several art awards, including the Melbourne Fringe Festival Best Music Award (2012).

Speak Percussion will also do a workshop on how to play percussion music on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 08:00 PM.

Galeri Salihara
Jl.Salihara No.16.
Pasar Minggu

For more information: salihara.org

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Kaki Lima: To Market, To Market

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KAKI LIMA: (Kaki = Feet/Leg; Lima = Five) In literal translation, Kaki Lima means five feet. In Jakarta, the term is often used to describe the ubiquitous street vendors who willingly push their three-legged cart with their strong two feet. With Tulisan, we take you to stroll and commute with us to the streets of the capital, to immerse in your senses and pay attention to the sight, sound, and scent beyond the cityscapes.

Kaki Lima: To Market, To Market

“To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,” was her favorite nursery rhyme growing up. As her mother went to buy her daily supplies of fruits and vegetables, she became accustomed to the aroma of home cooked meals and her mother spending the day churning up her favorite banoffee pie. 

Although juggling a cramped schedule occasionally calls for the convenience of supermarkets, she stills enjoy the prime luxury of knowing what goes into her meal. The ripeness of apples, the tenderness of poultry, and the dash of herbs chosen to her own preference. 

While it is easy to indulge in instant gratification, she enjoys the downshift of simplicity, taking the ra-ta-ta of bright orange bajaj, slightly slower than the average motorcycles and cars but always reminding her to slow down and surrender to the unknown alleys filled with the traditional ideals of living. 

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Text by Athina Ibrahim
Photography by Gabriela Bhaskar

Tulisan’s Cruise Bag and Toy Box
Top by Proklamasi
Dilyana from Amore Models Jakarta 

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Inside the Apple | September 15 – 16, 2014

Inside the Apple is Kateřina “KATT” Chroboková’s first album. KATT writes her own songs, a mixture of electronic organ and modern trend with a taste of electro-pop. KATT will play different works in her two nights concert.

KATT was born and raised in the industrial area of the northeast part of Czech Republic. She started her international career after she won the Oundle International Organ Festival in England. Since that, she regularly performs in different festivals along with prestigious orchestras in Czech Republic, Europe, and Mexico. Her study abroad has also helped her to get intimate with different genres of music. KATT is currently undertaking her doctoral program at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno, and at the Technologies des Arts, Paris.

Teater Salihara
Jl.Salihara No.16.,
Pasar Minggu

For more information: salihara.org

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Localfest | September 18 – 21, 2014 

Localfest.co.id is a festival created to bring out the greatest of local potentials within the younger generation of Indonesia within the compounds of Local.co.id, from creative talent to local fashion brands.

Grand Indonesia Hall Lt. 5
Jln. MH.Thamrin No.1,
Jakarta Pusat

For more information: www.localfest.co.id

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Sea of Ancestor | September 19, 2014

The author and photographer Beat Presser presents his story of the Dhows (traditional boat) along the East African Coast and Pinisi in Indonesia.

The exhibition will showcase 79 pictures not just about the traditional boat but also celebrates the spirit of the seaman from East African coast and the well-known Bugis tribe. His view also extend to culture, landscape and history of the maritime traditions.
Beat Presser lived and worked in Madagascar from 1988-1992 and later continued in 2009-2010 along the East African Coast. Now he looks into ships, trade and travels in the Indonesian Archipelago.

Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara
Jl. Antara no. 59,
Pasar Baru,
Jakarta 10710

For more information: www.facebook.com/Museum.Galeri.Antara

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