Exhibitions & Events

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, prior to being hosted as a residency at Gasworks in London, completing the second stage of the project. Since then the project has been represented at 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, the first at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool from 16th May – 23rd August 2015, and the second at Horniman Museum, London in Autumn 2015. In addition to this website, a program of talks and a print publication will be available 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 below

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Indonesia Kontemporer 2015| SOAS
4 Oct. 2015

Helen Marshall will be giving an informal talk and distributing free newspapers about the project at Indonesia Kontemporer 2015, SOAS, in the Brunei Gallery. Inspired by Indonesian arts and cultural traditions, Indonesia Kontemporer, is a creative event mixing exhibitions, performances, workshops, crafts, film screenings, as well as food and handicrafts stalls.
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Horniman Museum and Gardens | South Balcony Gallery

3 Oct. 2015 – 10 Apr. 2016

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 located in Forest Hill, London, England. Commissioned and designed by Charles Harrison Townsend in the Arts and Crafts style in 1898, the home of Frederick John Horniman opened to the public in 1901. Since then the collection has continued to grow and includes internationally important collections of anthropology ad musical instruments, in additon to a distinguished aquarium and natural history collection. Read More…

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Open Eye Gallery | Performing for the Camera Workshop

20 Jul. 2015

A workshop was held at Open Eye free to the members of the public, led by Helen Marshall on 20th July 2015. Designed to get the most from the performer in front of the lens… Read more

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Open Eye Gallery | Open 1

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. Read More… openeye.org.uk/main-exhibition/open-1

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6 – 7 Jun. 2015

Medini Live! is the inaugural festival of music, film, arts and community presented by Medini Iskandar Malaysia. Medini Live! will launch the new, urban and sophisticated art spaces of Iskandar Malaysia at the Mall of Medini, The Black Box and The White Box. Medini Live! promises a jam-packed weekend of live music, film screenings, contemporary art, theatre and an international bazaar. www.medinilive.com


iCAN Residency, Yogyakarta | Oct. 2012 – Jan. 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 that vision including artists, writers, and researchers, to organise and realise their projects.



Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

The (Post) Colonial Photostudio | Nov. 2013

The (Post) Colonial Photograph was 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 aimed to survey the direct and indirect influence of the colonial photo studio tradition in a post colonial context. The exhibition questioned to what extent photo studio 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. thesocialnepn.co.uk/portfolio/the-post-colonial-photo-studio


Delhi Photo Festival | 27 Sep. – 11 Oct. 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

Aug. 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. klphotoawards.com | klphotoawards.com/#!2014-shortlists


Photovoice ‘Photographic Images Changing Society’

Rich Mix, London | Jun. 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. richmix.org.uk photovoice.org/pics #PICSFest @PhotoVoice facebook.com/PicsFestival

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SEA ArtsFest | Pasar Malam, London | Helen’s House

3–9 Nov. 2013

SEA ArtsFest is the first South East 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. seaartsfest.org

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Indonesia Kontemporer, SOAS | Oct. 2013

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 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, was 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. soas.ac.uk/cseas/indonesia-kontemporer/2013

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Jakarta Institute of the Arts, Ritus | 2011

At the beginning of their collaboration the artists exhibited their work at Jakarta Institute of Arts, for the inauguaral exhibition entitled ‘Ritus’, an exhibition about Torajan culture and rites. The IKJ ‘s existence within the Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) prestigious art complex in the middle of metropolitan Jakarta has a tremendous added value for the students, academic staffs as well as for the Institution itself. It stands on 1.8 hectares of land in the TIM, a beautifully arranged art center; IKJ has a number of buildings, facilities, studios, theatres, exhibition halls, library, workshops etc. Some IKJ’s alumni continue to achieve brilliant reputation and success in their careers as artists. ikj.ac.id

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https://vimeo.com/56458323   Opening night and exhibition at iCAN Yogyacarta. Guests arrive and experience the night with photography, installation, performance and music.