While visiting Jakarta, I stopped by Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara, the photo journalism gallery in Pasar Baru.
They had just launched a new show, in conjunction with a new book in a series documenting natural disasters in Indonesia. This exhibition and book document two recent volcanic eruptions in Java and Sumutra – Kelud and Sinabung.
The book and exhibition feature over 60 photographers, including one who died photographing Kelud, the volcano in eastern Java. The pictures were all printed on a aluminum sheets, and proceeds from both the exhibition and book sale will go to providing funds for recovery from the two eruptions.
The current series includes books documenting the eruption of Mount Merapi outside of Yogyakarta, and the tsunami that struck Aceh.
I went back a couple of days later to meet with Oscar Mutuloh and Goen W, the two directors of the gallery. We met to talk about photography, and any possible collaborations we can have in the future.
More and more, photography is helping me to gain a greater connection with Indonesia.