Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Something amusing has emerged from the ground
Probably most of us are intrigued and wondering about what is referred to Bau Tanah Street Gallery, I found it a quite different because this ‘Smell from the soil’ commenced with their phrase ‘1 karya lo bikin pinter anak bangsa’ is an independent non-profit organisation located in the heart of Cikini.
Bautanah started as a group of friends that enjoyed adventures and documenting their experience, and has grown into a substantial photographic community. The community always gather in Menteng Prada, near the Cikini Railway Station.
They believe that art should belong to everybody. In order to realise its objectives, Bau Tanah community organises annual exhibition in public space to attract crowds from different backgrounds. Besides managing the extensive exhibition program, the community often throws an educational projects that play an increasingly important role in Bautanah’s activities.
All workshops are free and open to public, the two regular classes are basic photography class and writing class. They receive practical instruction and professional advice from leaders in their professions such as Ray Bachtiar Drajat, the leader of Forum Komunitas Lubang Jarum Indonesia or Indonesian Pinhole Society.
Its presence is aimed at enlightening human civilization. It does not merely inform, but it becomes a medium of sharing, a hand that knocks on the door and hands out the message of truth for anyone in need.
On the anniversary of this workshop they held another exhibition called “A Sick Basic” under the theme “Rupa-Rupa Karya Kita”. More than 50 photographers participating in this exhibition, among others are Ray Bachtiar Drajat, Refi Mascot, Don Hasman, and Sihol Sitanggang. The event was held on 18 – 21 February 2011 in the walls and sidewalks of Cikini Railway Station.
In addition there are also design and woodcut workshops by the ‘Atap Alis’ community, Pinhole Camera workshop by KLJ (komunitas lubang jarum), a photography contest, Clay-Paper workshop by Bautanah, Ethnography seminar by Don Hasman, and a film screening by Ray Bachtiar Drajat. And a music and art performances every night during the exhibition.
The most awaited performance is the local punk scene legend ‘Marjinal’ that is also known as ‘Taring Babi’, Afra (Anti-Fascist Anti-racist), and Tempe Quality. And its through their music that they voice their protest of the government and the complicated political system.
Also on: http://whiteboardjournal.com/news/event/something-from-the-ground.html