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Freeze! and DOLLY won't hurt you!!

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College / University
Indonesia Art Institute, Yogyakarta
Program / Degree
February 28, 2002
Member type
Artist, Gallery, Non-Profit
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Event, Film, Photography, Video
I am...
Ruang MES 56 is a non-profit institution established on February 28, 2002, which is active in the field of photography that emphasizes in the exploratory approach of contemporary photography, both in theory and practice, conceptually and contextually; having the purpose to develop the discourse of contemporary photography sphere in Indonesia.

Ruang MES 56 do several programs, which are Exhibition, Creative Exchange, Workshop, and Archiving. All of these programs are carried out by self-financing and with the support from several donors, either from non-profit institution or from commercial company. All of the programs aim to empower the pop-culture society in Indonesia.

Ruang MES 56 is run by: Agung Nugroho Widhi, Akiq AW, Anang Saptoto, Angki Purbandono, Daniel Satria Koestoro, Dessy Sahara Angelina, Edwin Dolly Roseno, Eko Bhirowo, Jim Allen Abel, Wimo Ambala Bayang and Wok the Rock.
About my artwork
Mainly emphasizes in the exploratory approach of contemporary photography, both in theory and practice, conceptually and contextually; having the purpose to develop the discourse of contemporary photography sphere in Indonesia
Artists I like
anyone with fresh, 'naughty', and contemporary ideas
photography, video, film, having fun!
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
Photography Project Exhibition
“FROZEN CITY” - Edwin “Dolly” Roseno

Wednesday, 10 June 2009, 7:30 p.m.
At KKF Gallery

Jl. Tirtodipuran No. 3 Yogyakarta 55143 Indonesia
Telp./fax. +62 (0) 274 376114
E-mail: kkforum@indosat.net.id
Website: http://www.kedaikebun.com

10 June – 4 July 2009
At KKF Gallery
Open everyday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
(Except on Tuesday, KKF is off)

Jl. Tirtodipuran No. 3 Yogyakarta 55143 Indonesia
Telp./fax. +62 (0) 274 376114
E-mail: kkforum@indosat.net.id
Website: http://www.kedaikebun.com


City is a part of social, politic, economic, and culture integrities with complicated matters within. Yogyakarta has become my choice as the interaction space to work in, using the medium of photography. Because I am one of hundreds of artists who brought the idea about the visual of the city as part of its art activities, through the personal point of view of the daily life that I have seen about this city.

The city problems become my personal matters since I decided to stay in this town. Those are about relation, activities, mobility, icons, life style, and of course, what interests me, because the art project that I am working on is always related to my existence and bound to this town.

This photography project entirely describes the growth of Yogyakarta in details. It is about short fragments when I saw something interesting and when it has motivated me to stop for such-a-percent of second of movement, rhythm, and routines speeds of Yogyakarta as developing city using the media that I elaborated seriously. (Edwin “Dolly” Roseno Kurniawan)

Frozen City

When I was little, I imagined city as a cluster of cubes. One cube and the others are connected with flyover. Between the flyover and the cubes, there are hundreds of helicopters or planes come and go. I was imagining the future city for sure, and that childhood imagination 30 years ago still have not occurred until now. City is not a cluster of cubes; there are no flyovers that intercrossing and no helicopters replacing the cars. Yogyakarta (some parts of it) still the same as 30 years ago. Off course, there are some changing, more cars and motorcycles, but physically it is not too different.

Is this city frozen?

Dolly (Edwin Roseno, 29 years old) chose to title his solo exhibition at Kedai Kebun with Frozen City / Kota (di)Beku(kan). Maybe, Dolly has the same dream as mine. Perhaps, he summarizes all of it from the photos he took, which entirely took place in Yogyakarta. A conclusion after all of this time of traveling on his motorcycle to the cloistered parts of the city, which is called kasur tua / old mattress by Rendra (he is one of famous Poets and littérateurs in Indonesia)

It could be that this city is freeze but not being frozen. A city is just like living organism that always move and change. The thing that makes it different is just the speed of the changing itself. At some parts of Yogyakarta, they are slowly changed, but on the other parts, they change rapidly. In the area of Selokan Mataram (drainage system across Yogyakarta) is one of the samples, it is the most rapidly developed area. During my college, at the end of 80s, this area is like robber nest, full with evil hijackers. If we careless when we passing through this area at night, we might back home only with our underwear. In contrary, if we going home late at night passing through this area in these days, we could be dying of overly full or too drunk, because there are a lot of warung (small café with tents) and bars which are offering local mixture liquors and tease us to stop by.

This transformation happened very fast, maybe only in few years. Desolate area turns into crowded area. Otherwise, some parts still the same. Dolly’s photo series about coca cola (Beyond Coca Cola, 2006) imply that. A pile of soda beverages placed in the middle of moving objects, fast or slow. The image of moving people made this famous soda beverages brand ignored. But then, as capitalist entity, it still stole the show. Even though we ignored it, this system muzzled (silently). It works as if cancer gnaws us from time to time, makes us addicted to its intangible pleasure, such as LSD (a kind of ecstasy). Global capitalism works until the farthest point from the place where it is made. That point as if a hose that suck the prosperity from the pariah countries to the rich countries, continuously, from time to time; it is sucked while they are smiling in happiness. It is like oral sex, a bliss victim. Those photos probably would not talk that far, but still, the temptation of the sign “coca cola”, the flash of moving people, and at first blush of the green leaves, directed me to that point: the petrified concrete-stone capitalism when other system are shattered into gravels.

Dolly’s photos talk about city, with all of its face details. In the morning, in the afternoon, and at night, all are recorded. The city is frozen by light and recorded in a black box with aiming point.

Is there anything else that we search from it?

Is this city already tired enough for all of that?

Agung Kurniawan
Centre of the artworld:
nowhere and everywhere

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At 23:44 on July 8, 2009, mike hinc said…
At 3:38 on May 29, 2009, J.T. Gultom said…
beuh kecelakaan ya..but its ok lah no problema. show must go on, accident brings some enlightnment, accidentally in love hahaha,,karena sesungguhnya kemerdekaan itu ialah hak segala bangsa dan oleh sebab itu bla bla bla opooo iki..
At 11:36 on May 28, 2009, J.T. Gultom said…
wah tengkyu udeh di inpait kesini, thnks a lot messs..


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