Sumba Photo Stories - News from the East - Kabar dari Timur. The Sumba Photo Stories project is now live in a virtual exhibition on https://sumbaphotostories.com
This exhibit is a glimpse of life in the east, of life in rural areas of Sumba Timur. A representation of families' daily lives in remote regions, captured through young students' eyes, aged 9 to 12.
They open their houses to us, share their regular meals with us, invite us to follow them on the way to school, see their island and hills from morning until night. They capture those moments that punctuate their lives and explain them to us. Creating a story from these images is also an essential part of this exhibition and the curation process. Not only do they open their doors, but they also want to explain and tell us stories to guide the visual, in their own words. It's now up to us to listen.
From the remote region of Kahaungu Eti sub-district, in the eastern part of East Sumba district, Nusa Tanggara Timur, their villages are named Kamanggih and Matawai Katingga. Forty-eight children are the authors and artists of this exhibition called "Kabar Dari Timur" which translates to "News from the East". Through these photographs, audiences in Indonesia and worldwide can imagine and immerse themselves in a child's daily life in these regions.
Sumba Photo Stories is a program initiated by Kawan Baik Indonesia and Fair Future Foundations. Collect factual information from the actors' subjective perspective, in this case, the 48 students, using the medium of photography and creating stories from it.
In their environment and through this social, cultural and educational program, the actors offer real perspectives of their life's quality, based on their authentic insight. The "Kabar dari Timur" exhibition has children as protagonists. Still, this program adapts to diverse target populations: women as its leads, a particular field of work or any other community or theme.
The resulting work, the photographies, are work of art in their own. They are also a factual basis analyzed for research work in the socio-cultural, educational or health fields.
This exhibition will be held until March 2021
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