Borobudur to Bali:

past and present photographic
art in Indonesia

Date + time

14 June 2014
9.30 am – 4.30 pm


Gandel Hall
National Gallery of Australia


$65, $55 members/TAASA members/concession

  • Morning tea, light lunch and afternoon tea
    (served in Gandel Hall)
  • Includes tours of both exhibitions with the curators

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Related exhibitions + events

(banner image): Frank Hurley, Ruins of the Temple at Boro-Budur, Java 1913 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2013. More detail

In association with the exhibitions, Garden of the East Indonesian photography 1850s to 1940s and Finding your place in the world: Asian photomedia.

Join artists, curators and specialists in Indonesian photography and contemporary photomedia to explore early photographic images of Indonesia and the early photographers who brought these islands to the attention of the world, contrasted with Indonesian artists' contemporary expression in photomedia.


Saturday 14 June 2014


Morning session

Tropical montage

10.00 am Garden of the East exhibition overview
(Gael Newton, Senior Curator, Photography and curator of the exhibition).s

10.30 am Colonial era to contemporary photography in Indonesia (Alex Supartono, Indonesian photo-historian).

11.15 am Brian Arnold, America photographer and gamelan player, speaks of his career and photographers in Indonesia.

11.45 am – 1.30 pm LIGHT LUNCH in Gandel Hall
(+ time to view the exhibitions)

  • Garden of the East (Gael Newton, exhibition curator)
  • Finding your place in the world (Anne O'Hehir, Curator, Photography and exhibition curator)
  • Bali: Island of the gods (Robyn Maxwell, Senior Curator, Asian art, and exhibition curator)

(image above) Kassian Céphas, Indonesia 1845–1912, Borobudur c.1890, portrait of Kassian Céphas possibly by son Sem Céphas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2007
Afternoon session

Working the past into the present

2.00 pm Anne O'Hehir and Lisa Catt, 2013 Photography intern, introduce Finding your place in the world.

2.30 pm Keynote speaker FX Harsono, Indonesian photomedia artist, discusses his career. His video and print works are on display in Finding your place in the world.

Chair: Christine Clark, Manager, Exhibitions, National Portrait Gallery of Australia and Anne O'Hehir.

A discussion with FX Hasono, Brian Arnold, Alex Supartono and Dr Amrih Widodo, Lecturer, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.

3.50 pm – 4.30 pm AFTERNOON TEA in Gandel Hall (exhibition viewings until 5.00 pm).

Speaker profiles

Brian Arnold is a photographer, educator, and musician based in Ithaca, New York, graduate in English and Ethnomusicology from The Colorado College, with a Masters of Fine Arts (Photography), Massachusetts College of Art. Brian is pursuing a study of photography in Indonesia as a Research Fellow, Modern Indonesian Project in the Southeast Asian Studies Program, Cornell University. He has received a grant from the American Institute for Indonesian Studies to continue his work in Bali and Java. As a musician, Brian has studied and performed Balinese and Javanese gamelan since 1992. Brian Arnold's blog

F X Harsono (keynote speaker) trained as a painter in Yogyakarta and works across media, including video and photomedia. He is a seminal figure in the Indonesian contemporary art scene and his works have engaged with Indonesian politics, society and culture, since his student days. He regularly writes on social questions and the development of contemporary art. He teaches at the Faculty of Art and Design, Pelita Harapan University, Tangerang (West Java).

(image above) F X Harsono, Writing in the rain 2011
single channel colour video National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2013

Gael Newton, Senior Curator, Photography, National Gallery of Australia, and curator of the current exhibition Garden of the East: Photography in Indonesia 1850s – 1940s, is the  author of the Gallery's Australian Bicentennial exhibition publication, Shades of Light: Photography and Australian 1839-1988 (1988), the catalogue for the survey exhibition, Picture Paradise Asia-Pacific photography 1840s-1940s (2008) and entries on Southeast Asian photo-history for the Encyclopaedia of Nineteenth Century Photography (2007).

Anne O'Hehir is Curator, Photography, National Gallery of Australia, curator of the Gallery's collection display program, contemporary photo-media development programs and a contributor to numerous gallery publications. She is also the exhibition curator of Finding your place in the world.

Alexander Supartono is a photo-historian, writer and curator from Jakarta. He is currently completing a Ph. D on photographic representations of the sugar industry in colonial Java at the School of Art History, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He has contributed to numerous publications and exhibitions including The Sweet and Sour Story of Sugar for the 2013 Fotofestival Noorderlicht, Amsterdam, and an essay for the catalogue of the Garden of the East: photography in Indonesia 1850s-1940s exhibition. 

Sunday 15 June 2014 

1.00 pm (doors open 12.30pm) Balinese dance performance - James O Fairfax Theatre.
FREE Limited seating.