Indonesia by Indonesian:
The country through the eyes of its people

curated by Dody S. Mawardi

Indonesia, is the world’s largest island country, with more than seventeen thousand islands, and at 1,904,569 square kilometers (735,358 square miles), the 14th largest by land area and the 7th largest in the combined sea and land area. With over 261 million people, it is the world’s 4th most populous country.

Indonesia consists of hundreds of distinct native ethnic and linguistic groups, with the largest—and politically dominant—ethnic group being the Javanese. With a variety of ethnic differences, the photographer from Indonesia tried to capture through the camera about the uniqueness of the differences.

Whether it’s about the conditions of nature, culture, and society. Started by Rahmad Hidayat, with his work exploring the beauty of Mount Bromo and the agrarian culture of the Indonesian people. Also displayed by Mas Ronin, Grace Anata, and Totok Anwarsito.

Then it was reaffirmed by the work of Prianto Puji Anggriawan. More in detail, the work of Fortunata Angelina, which captures the unique side of East Javanese people with all the authenticity of their lives.

The life of coastal communities was also captured by Yulius Widi. This will further clarify how different the culture of Indonesian society is. Batik, which is one of the ancestral cultures, is a concern of Saiful Bachri. He tried to capture the complexity in the making of Batik. Although it seemed simple, that is what characterizes it to date.

Speaking of photography, we will not forget street photography. This uniqueness was captured by Gus Worthen, Dwi Rahmadani and AG Adibudojo. The description of more modern life can be seen from their work. Although it cannot represent Indonesia as a whole, at least the description of Indonesia can be represented by their works … Indonesia by Indonesian.

Rahmad Hidayat (Malang)
Prianto Puji Anggriawan (Probolinggo)
Angelina Fortunata (Bondowoso)
Dwi Yin Istinov (Sumenep)
Mas Ronin (Yogyakarta)
Ricky Basuki Maulana (Bandung)
Grace Anata (Bandung)
Hendhy T. Purnomo (Probolinggo)
Yulius Widi Nugroho (Surabaya)
Syaiful Bachri (Sidoarjo)
Bang Yan (Jakarta)
Ag Adibudojo (Bandung)
Totok Anwarsito (Citubur)
Dwi Rahmadani (Bandung)
Catur Handayani (Salatiga)

With a variety of ethnic differences, the photographer from Indonesia tried to capture through the camera about the uniqueness of the differences. Although it cannot represent Indonesia as a whole, at least the description of Indonesia can be represented by their works … Indonesia by Indonesian.

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