Welcome to the Goethe-Institut RiverScapes Blog.
Coordinated by Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 6 curators and 17 artists from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines have been working on the subject of ecological and cultural change of major river landscapes in Southeast Asia, creating installations, photo series, video and sound installations. Riverscapes INFLUX Blog followed the artists’ working process and gives an insight on how the artworks evolved. The exhibition has been shown in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, and will now tour the other participating countries until March 2013.
The exhibition will tour the following countries from April 2012 to March 2013:
The Bengawan Solo or Solo River is the longest river in Java, Indonesia, flowing through several cities from Wonogiri in Central Java to Gresik in East Java Province for about 600 km.
The Bengawan Solo has been an important artery in people's lives, but it has also been a threat to their society.
People living near and around the river have suffered annual floods for years, due to overflowing waters. The floods usually happen during the rainy season, when the water level rises significantly. I want to investigate how these annual floods affect the people there. I want to look into the matter and document it through photography. I'm not looking for an answer or a solution, but I try to investigate it.
For this project, I travelled overland to a number of cities along the Bengawan Solo and I took photographs of people living around the river basin area.
Curated by: Ade Darmawan
Budi N.D. Dharmawan
Budi N.D. Dharmawan was born in 1986. He is an Indonesian photographer based in Yogyakarta, Central Java. He studied Communications at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. As a photographer, Budi N.D. Dharmawan works on personal projects and assignments for several magazines. In 2009 he was shortlisted as an aspiring Asian young photographer to participate in the prestigious Angkor Photo Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In 2010 he taught as one of the tutors in the Bali International Photo Workshop in Bali, Indonesia. In 2011 he was selected to participate in the first Stream Photo Asia Masterclass in Bangkok, Thailand. A project he did in 2010 was chosen to be presented in Project Presentation programme at Art Jogja 2011.