Project Tobong was first presented as a talk at SOAS University of London, co-hosted with ARTi UK as part of Indonesia Kontemporer 2012. The first photographs were presented at iCAN in Indonesia January 2013. The second stage of the project was hosted in London at Gasworks. Since then the project has been represented at the Rich Mix, Photovoice PICS Festival, Delhi Photo Festival 2013 and the Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards 2014. For the final stage of the project two exhibitions are planned in the UK, at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool in (include confirmed dates) and the Horniman Museum in London in Autumn 2015. A talks program, this website and a publication are being distributed for free. To find out more about the previous exhibitions, events and to attend a current or future exhibition or event or to get a copy of the publication read more here.
Open Eye Gallery | Open 1
Press View: 15 May 2015, 12-3pm then 16 May – 23 Aug 2015
Open provides a platform for displaying new work and a forum for discussion thanks to a rich programme of public events unfolding throughout the duration of the exhibition.
For the first exhibition in the series, titled Open 1, Open Eye Gallery’s curatorial team have selected six artists whose work is thematically grouped around ideas of social portraiture. The show brings together photography that narrates individual stories and yet addresses issues of collective relevance and general public interest. Each series on display has a personal dimension (often more introvert, suffered and lyrical) and a public-facing one (socially and politically engaged and more militant). Such tension is differently resolved in the work of each selected artist/photographer.
Oct 2015 | March 2016 South Balcony Gallery
Project Tobong will be exhibited in the South Balcony Gallery, and new work in response to an artefact never seen before from the collection created by Helen Marshall, will be part of the show.
The Horniman Museum is a British museum in Forest Hill, London, England. Commissioned in 1898, it opened in 1901 and was designed by Charles Harrison Townsend in the Arts and Crafts style.It is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and is constituted as a company and registered charity under English law. Unusually for such an important museum, you can see our collection up-close and face-to-face. You can even pick up, try on and play with some of our objects.
iCan Residency Yogyakarta October 2012 – January 2013
Helen Marshall undertook an Artist Residency in Yogyakarta hosted by ICan, Indonesia Contemporary Art Network. This led to the collaborative and intervention lens based work between herself & Risang Yuwono and the Ketoprak Tobong. Indonesia Contemporary Art Network (iCAN) promotes multidisciplinary dialogues between the visual arts and other divisions of the arts and sciences through art projects, research, and education. They also work with institutions, art spaces, and people who share our vision (e.g., artists, writers, researchers) to organise and realise their projects.
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art – The (Post) Colonial Photostudio – 28 Sept.-23 Nov. 2013
The Post Colonial Photograph, curated by Alexander Supartono hosted by The North East Photography Network and exhibited at The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. The exhibition was part of the NEPN Month of Photography. The exhibition aims to survey the direct and indirect influence of colonial photo studio tradition in the post colonial context. The exhibition questioned to what extent photostudio practices that developed in the colonial era have influenced practices in the post-colonial era. Towards this end, historical archival imagery from the colonial period was juxtaposed with postcolonial photographic propositions that directly or indirectly reference historical colonial photographs by appropriating or subverting colonial photographic mannerisms, patterns and commonplaces.
Delhi Photo Festival – September 27 to October 11, 2013.
Delhi Photo Festival is a biennial photography festival organized by India Habitat Centre (IHC) and Nazar Foundation in Delhi. It was started in 2011, curated by photographers Prashant Panjiar, Dinesh Khanna and Alka Pande, the curator of Visual Art Gallery at IHC. It is held at the India Habitat Centre complex on Lodhi Road, where besides exhibitions, the festival also hosts talks, seminars and workshops on photography. The biennial Delhi Photo Festival 2013 is an initiative of the India Habitat Centre & Nazar Foundation to bring photography, the real democratic art form, into the public space, thereby creating awareness of photographic arts and initiating dialogue amongst its many practitioners and lovers.
Project Tobong was selected from 2349 bodies of work from 90 countries as a digital exhibition. Digital exhibitions were screened as slideshows at the Evening Screenings in the amphitheater of the India Habitat Centre during the Opening Week.
The Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards – August – 2013
The Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards is at the forefront of contemporary portrait photography. Reaching a global audience and centred in SE Asia, they continue to attract exciting and thoughtful photography in the genre, since 2009. KLPA2013 invited submissions from all photographers. Project Tobong was selected and shown in The ‘Savage & Serene’ Category.
Photovoice ‘Photographic Images Changing Society’ at Rich Mix, London -Box Park, Shoreditch – June 2013
Project Tobong took part in ‘Photographic Images Changing Society’ at Rich Mix, London. This one-day festival featured a photographic exhibition showcasing the output of a variety of projects by organisations and individuals that aim to bring about positive social change through photography, alongside a programme of talks, panel discussions and workshops (including Sensory Photography and Visual Literacy). The festival featured examples of photojournalism, participatory photography, citizen journalism and sensory photography, among others. The work was also exhibited at Box Park, Shoreditch.
Website – www.photovoice.org/pics
Twitter – #PICSFest @PhotoVoice
Facebook – www.facebook.com/PicsFestival
SEA ArtsFest – Pasar Malam – London – Helen’s House – 3 – 9 November 2013
SEA ArtsFest is the first Southeast Asian arts festival in the UK, championing and developing the work of the artists of Southeast Asia and those inspired by Southeast Asia. ‘Pasar Malam’ meaning ‘night market’ in Malay, was a week-long bazaar of art, film, music, food, discussions and parties that took place in Helen Marshall’s house. It gave a personal and true intimate experience to the project and brought south east asian artists together in a domestic setting open to the public.
Indonesia Kontemporer 2012 – 2013 – October – SOAS
Project Tobong featured as an audio-visual talk at the third Indonesia Kontemporer (IKON) organised by the Centre of South East Asian Studies (CSEAS) at SOAS, University of London drew in an estimated 1,200 people last week for its day long programme inspired by Indonesian arts and cultural traditions. It also attracted national coverage on BBC Indonesia. Inspired by Indonesian arts and cultural traditions, Indonesia Kontemporer 2013, is a creative event mixing exhibitions, performances, workshops, crafts, film screenings, as well as food and handicrafts stalls. Artists and crafts people participating in this event hailed from many parts of the world outside Indonesia including Europe and the U.S.
Indonesia Kontemporer 2013 is co-hosted with ARTi UK, an organization with the aim of promoting artists, from all parts of the world, who want to perform works inspired by Indonesia arts and cultural traditions.
Jakarta Institute of the Arts
Institut Kesenian Jakarta
Jl. Cikini Raya No. 73
Jakarta Pusat 10330
Pusat Kesenian Jakarta – TIM
Telp. 021-3924018 / Fax. 021-31924807
THE FINAL OPENING NIGHT AND EXHIBITION AT ICAN YOGYAKARTA, GUESTS ARRIVE AND EXPERIENCE THE SPECIAL NIGHT WITH PHOTOGRAPHY, INSTALLATION, PERFORMANCE AND MUSIC.