February 16, 2023 A History of Photography in Indonesia Book Signing with Brian Arnold
Please Join us on Friday, March 3, 5-8 PM at CEPA Gallery with Nusantara Arts for a book signing with Brian Arnold for his recently published book “A History of Photography in Indonesia”. The event will be talking place in the Atrium, between our Focus and Flux galleries, in the historic Market Arcade Building located at 617 Main Street in Buffalo. NY.
“As a former colonized nation, Indonesia has a unique place in the history of photography. A History of Photography in Indonesia: From the Colonial Era to the Digital Age looks at the development of photography from the beginning and traces its uses in Indonesia from its invention to the present day. The Dutch colonial government first brought the medium to the East Indies in the 1840s and immediately recognized its potential in serving the colonial apparatus. As the country grew and changed, so too did the medium. Photography was not only an essential tool of colonialism, but it also became part of the movement for independence, a voice for reform, an agent for advocating democracy, and is now available to anyone with a phone. This book gathers essays by leading artists, scholars, and curators from around the world who have worked with photography in Indonesia and have traced the evolution of the medium from its inception to the present day, addressing the impact of photography on colonialism, independence, and democratization.”
Brian Arnold is a writer, photographer, and gamelan musician based in Ithaca, NY, with undergraduate degrees in English and Ethnomusicology from The Colorado College, and an MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art.