Organized by Adine Halim and Christian Wiloejo, an exhibition held at a tiny gallery inside a 3-story loft in Kemang area. There’s a space between “se” and “lalu” within the word “selalu” which in Bahasa Indonesia means “always”. The space in between created another meaning to it, it could be “left”, something we leave behind. The space is a metaphor of a thin line that a moment in a millisecond could be a history. No one can repeat a moment exactly like what it just happened, and then there’s photography as preservation for any moment. More like a way to immortalize moments in our everyday lives. Every snap of camera’s shutter speed will pause a moment onto film.
Five artist collectively gathered and present moments with intimacy. Adine Halim pictures us the world is as non-existent as a morning alarm with photos of bed. We sleep every time at it, and when we got up, there are folds and wrinkles that indicate moments happened in the past. CJ Tan blurs all photos and called it “Shutter Island”, Himi Fong snapped commuters in Singapore who took hours in weekdays for exhausting work. They took bus on their way back home, and the sequences Himi photographed are inspired by Wong Kar-wai’s melancholy. The bokeh, sleepyheads, and empty stare from passengers in the bus carry inescapable lonesome.
Sophia Phua finds gaze is always special, but a gaze from animals is stronger, because no one can talk to animal, so basically we can’t interpret its feeling. But Sophia stated, “even though their (her dogs) gazes only lasted for a shirt while, they convey a silent message that only she understands.” She doesn’t know exactly but the feeling is there. Zaphs Zhang plays “Hide & Seek” in black-and-white photos that leaves and remains in the same time. The shadows and exposing body parts in these photos show anxiety and uncertainty. Take a look at the exhibition, it’s worth your time and then rethink your communication with your hood. What’s left is actually remains and vice versa.
June 7th – 20th 2014
Every day: 10 am – 7 pm
Waga Studio & Gallery
Jl. Kemang Raya No.9D, Jakarta
T: 021 719 2513
Words and photos by Febrina Anindita