The show marks the launch of Kamar Dagang KPY (KPY Chamber of Commerce), the latest initiative from the community to financially support its free educational program, while at the same time endorsing the photographic works of its students, administrators, and affiliates alike. Through this program, KPY also attempts to develop a culture of appreciating photography by means of buying and collecting photographers' works either in the form of prints (which is basically close to non-existent at this point in Indonesia) or their derivative merchandise. That means yes, my exhibited photographs are available as prints if you want to buy them. :)
The project Before I Go To Sleep itself is a short series which was started around September last year as an effort to get myself to start taking pictures again. Since the last 2-3 years I find it difficult to photograph like the way I used to, because I'm just terrible when it comes to having multiple tasks to focus to, and my responsibilities in KPY already occupy most of my time and energy. When I tried to photograph during the day I kept thinking of all the unfinished business I still need to do on that day and it made me unable to really pay attention to my surrounding. Simply put, I couldn't "see" anything that way and it's very frustrating. So to get around that problem, I decided to start taking pictures late at night, after all my tasks of the day are done and I don't need to think about anything else. I would ride around Jogja, watching familiar sceneries turn into something very different when they're illuminated by street lamps under the blanket of the night sky. Combined with the state of mind I'm in (tired, sleepy), it's quite an interesting atmosphere to work in.
I plan to eventually make this series into a small book format containing around 25-30 photographs, hopefully to be published in the coming months. For this current exhibition I'm showing 10 photographs, two of which available as a limited edition prints, with the rest available as framed uneditioned prints in 2 different sizes.
|An exhibition view of Mari Koleksi! The series Before I Go To Sleep is shown on the left side.|
The exhibition is ongoing until March