Renewable Coexistence

Exhibition

Silvana S. Foundation Commission Award Exhibition, 2nd edition

Sep 17 - Oct 9 2022

Artists:
Silvana Sutanto
Ian Teh

Organizers:
Silvana S. Foundation
Mizuma Gallery
SIPF

Charity Partner:
Make-A-Wish Singapore
The proceeds from this exhibition will go towards Make-A-Wish Singapore.

Learn more: https://www.mizuma.sg/exhibitions/2022/09/01/renewable-coexistence-silvana-s-foundation-commission-award-exhibition-2nd-edition/

About the About Mizuma Gallery

Executive Director Sueo Mizuma established Mizuma Art Gallery in Tokyo in 1994. Since its opening in Gillman Barracks, Singapore in 2012, the gallery aims for the promotion of East Asian artists in the region as well as the introduction of Southeast Asian artists to the international art scene. From 2014 to 2019, the artist residency space “Rumah Kijang Mizuma” operated in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, providing a new platform for dialogue by supporting exchanges between East Asia and Southeast Asia. In 2018, a new gallery space, “Mizuma & Kips” in New York, USA, as a shared collaboration between Mizuma Gallery from Tokyo and Singapore, and Kips Gallery from New York.

Mizuma Gallery features the works of Japanese artists including Aida Makoto, Aiko Miyanaga, Amano Yoshitaka, Ikeda Manabu, Tenmyouya Hisashi, and Yamaguchi Akira. Moreover, it showcases the works of renown East Asian artists such as Ai Weiwei, Du Kun, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Ken + Julia Yonetani, and Zhao Zhao. The gallery also features the creations of prominent and emerging artists from the region including Agan Harahap, Albert Yonathan Setyawan, Angki Purbandono, Ari Bayuaji, Ashley Yeo, Ben Loong, Budi Agung Kuswara, Entang Wiharso, Gilang Fradika, Heri Dono, I Made Djirna, indieguerillas, Iwan Effendi, Kemalezedine, Made Wianta, Mark Justiniani, Nasirun, and Robert Zhao Renhui.

www.mizuma.sg

About the About SIPF

The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is a biennial gathering of minds from around the world with the common pursuit of advancing the art and appreciation of photography. One of Southeast Asia’s longest-running photo festivals established since 2008, it aims to be a key arena for critical thought and contemporary discourse on photography. The SIPF is organised by DECK, a dynamic art space which runs year-long, photography-centric programmes and exhibitions.

8th SIPF 2022 runs from 16 September to 30 October.

www.sipf.sg

About the About Make-A-Wish Singapore

Make-A-Wish Singapore creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, building their resilience and confidence to overcome challenges. The Wish Journey helps children look past their situations and limitations, assist families in overcoming anxieties, and galvanise entire communities to bring hope, strength, and joy at a time when they need it most.

Together with generous donors, supporters, staff, and volunteers, Make-A-Wish Singapore grants wishes that leave a positive impact on the social and emotional well-being of children and their families. Make-A-Wish Singapore is part of the world’s leading wish-granting organization, granting over 500,000 wishes for children with critical illness in nearly 50 countries worldwide.

For more information about Make-A-Wish Singapore, visit www.makeawish.org.sg and follow us on Facebook (@MakeAWishFoundationSingapore) and Instagram (@makeawishsingapore).

About The Photographer

Ian Teh

Ian Teh is a British-Malaysian documentary photographer whose work is motivated by environmental and social issues. In an era of continuous urbanisation and development, at its roots, his work explores the underlying dreams and desires in society and the individual and of the sacrifices often made to realise them. In the age of the selfie, Teh has returned to the classical monumental landscape. His panoramic series, Traces: Landscapes in Transition on the Yellow River, is an alarm, an announcement of terrible beauty, heralding the advancing threat we pose to our planet.

Ian has published three books, Undercurrents (2008), Traces (2011) and Confluence (2014). His work is part of the permanent collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and the Hood Museum in the USA. He has received several honours, including a grant from the Pulitzer Center in 2018 and presented his work on climate change at the 2018 National Geographic Photography Seminar.

He currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Renewable Coexistence

The covid-19 pandemic prompted widespread, collective reflections on the changes that are needed for a more equitable and sustainable world. With our human lives intrinsically intertwined with other animals, how can we co-exist in sustainable ways that benefit human beings and the planet? This second edition of the commission award welcomes explorations of renewal, regeneration, and synergistic co-existence with a sensitivity toward the conditions needed for our shared survival for generations to come.

Agats Budaya Festival, West Papua

Agats, West Papua, is home to the Asmat people in Indonesia. Despite not being as developed as other modern cities, they live a simple and sustainable life with their natural environment, a rarity in this rapidly modernising world. This series was taken during the Agats Budaya Festival, an annual celebration of Asmat culture and tradition. Silvana saw their lifestyle as something to aspire to achieve balance between modernity and Mother Nature.

Silvana also explored similar sustainable festivals and societies in Indonesia, such as the Pacu Jawi festival in Padang, where the locals celebrate the end of the rice harvest by holding bull races across the paddy fields, and the Tenggerese horsemen in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, who live sustainably with the local flora and fauna in a nationally conserved, active volcanic area.

The proceeds from this exhibition will go towards Make-A-Wish Singapore.

Renewable Coexistence

Renewable Coexistence

October 2013, Agats, Papua, Indonesia
Technical Details: 60cm x 40cm, Editions of 10 + 1AP, Pigment Print on Fineart Baryta Paper, Float Frame

Agats lies in the mangrove area in West Papua. Protected by mountains and ocean, the Agats people have been able to preserve their culture for many generations. Their houses are built on stilts to withstand the natural forces in the area, and the people have learnt to coexist sustainably with their surrounding environment.

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To the Great Race

To the Great Race

October 2013, Agats, Papua, Indonesia
Technical Details: 60cm x 40cm, Editions of 10 + 1AP, Pigment Print on Fineart Baryta Paper, Float Frame

Men prepare for the boat competition in the Asmat Cultural Festival. The festival has been going on for more than 40 years, and it aims to preserve the noble values of the Asmat culture for the sake of their children and grandchildren.

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Gathering for the Festival

Gathering for the Festival

October 2013, Agats, Papua, Indonesia
Technical Details: 60cm x 40cm, Editions of 10 + 1AP, Pigment Print on Fineart Baryta Paper, Float Frame

The local Agats people gather for the start of the Agats Cultural Festival. The festival lasts for 3 days every October, and it begins with the local people gathering at the main square dressed in their traditional clothings before the festivities begin.

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Unity in Diversity

Unity in Diversity

October 2013, Agats, Papua, Indonesia
Technical Details: 60cm x 40cm, Editions of 10 + 1AP, Pigment Print on Fineart Baryta Paper, Float Frame

Senior Asmat men gather in the square before the start of the festival. The festival celebrates the traditional family values of the Asmat culture with all the people of different backgrounds. Family links are especially important in Asmat society, to be passed down from present to future generations.

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Seeds for the Future

Seeds for the Future

October 2013, Agats, Papua, Indonesia
Technical Details: 60cm x 40cm, Editions of 10 + 1AP, Pigment Print on Fineart Baryta Paper, Float Frame

Asmat children prepare mangrove seedlings for planting underneath the stilt houses for natural support. These children are the true treasures for the future of Asmat society in maintaining their traditional values and advancing their society into the future.

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Parade Around Agats

Parade Around Agats

October 2013, Agats, Papua, Indonesia
Technical Details: 40cm x 60cm, Editions of 10 + 1AP, Pigment Print on Fineart Baryta Paper, Float Frame

Asmat men play their drum instruments while they parade around the town square. The festival gathers all the Asmat people for 3 days with cultural activities such as wood carving demonstrations, boat competitions, and auction of the artwork.

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Facing the Future

Facing the Future

October 2013, Agats, Papua, Indonesia
Technical Details: 40cm x 60cm, Editions of 10 + 1AP, Pigment Print on Fineart Baryta Paper, Float Frame

A second generation Papuan native in traditional costume ponders the future of his people. One day he will be amongst the leaders of his people, and he carries the burden of maintaining traditional value of his people, as well as embracing future ideas to bring his people forward.

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Best Friends

Best Friends

October 2013, Agats, Papua, Indonesia
Technical Details: 60cm x 40cm, Editions of 10 + 1AP, Pigment Print on Fineart Baryta Paper, Float Frame

Two children find some quiet time to connect with each other in the midst of the festivities. Special connections like these are important to maintain the fabric of Asmat society as future generations mature to lead into the unknown.

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In Control

In Control

September 2009, Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Technical Details: 60cm x 40cm, Editions of 10 + 1AP, Pigment Print on Fineart Baryta Paper, Float Frame

“Pacu Jawi” is a traditional bull race in Padang, where the jockey stands on a wooden plough while the bulls run over a muddy rice field. The aim of the race is to see the bulls’ ability to run straight across the field. The local people – the people of Tanah Datar – hold this race annually to celebrate the end of the rice harvest.

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Adventurous Spirit

Adventurous Spirit

September 2009, Bromo, East Java, Indonesia
Technical Details: 45cm x 30cm, Editions of 10 + 1AP, Pigment Print on Fineart Baryta Paper, Float Frame

Horsemen from the Tengger Tribe in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park race across the plains. The Tenggerese people are indigenous to the area and adhere to ancient Hindu beliefs.

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Returning Home

Returning Home

September 2009, Bromo, East Java, Indonesia
Technical Details: 45cm x 30cm, Editions of 10 + 1AP, Pigment Print on Fineart Baryta Paper, Float Frame

Horsemen from the Tengger ride across the sand sea in Tribe in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The national park is the only conservation area in Indonesia with a sand sea, the Tengger sand sea.

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Sunrise over Bromo

Sunrise over Bromo

September 2009, Bromo, East Java, Indonesia
Technical Details: 100cm x 67cm, Editions of 10 + 1AP, Pigment Print on Fineart Baryta Paper, Float Frame

Located in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, East Java, it is an active volcanic area, with more than 3,500 locals living around the area. This area is also home to about 137 species of birds, 22 species of mammals, and 4 species of reptiles in this Park.

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Klang Gates Dam

January 2022, Selangor, Malaysia
Technical Details: Size A: 111 x 74 cm, Edition of 3 + 1 AP; Size B: 60 x 40 cm, Edition of 8 + 1 AP

Klang Gates Dam was completed in 1958 and was the first dam built for water supply in Malaysia. The reservoir impounded by the dam is one of the primary drinking water sources for Klang Valley residents. Beside the dam is Klang Gate Ridge, the biggest quartz ridge in the world. The spine is 200m wide and stretches 22km. The ridge is rich in vegetation, supporting at least 265 plant species, including 5 endemic ones.

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Kuala Lumpur Cityscape

January 2022, Selangor, Malaysia
Technical Details: Size A: 111 x 74 cm, Edition of 3 + 1 AP; Size B: 60 x 40 cm, Edition of 8 + 1 AP

A view of the Kuala Lumpur cityscape from the edge of the Titiwangsa range. From the horizon, Kuala Lumpur's skyscrapers connect to other districts by unfolding into an urban sprawl of low and mid-rise buildings deep into the Klang Valley. Selangor, Malaysia.

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A New Luxury Residential Development

January 2022, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Technical Details: Size A: 111 x 74 cm, Edition of 3 + 1 AP; Size B: 60 x 40 cm, Edition of 8 + 1 AP

This area was recently cleared of woodland to allow for the construction of a new luxury residential development. Many of Greater Kuala Lumpur’s remaining greenery are continually threatened by further growth. Forests not cleared and built on are usually steep hills, swamps and mangroves -- terrain that is traditionally more challenging to build on.

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Fishing by the Klang River

January 2022, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Technical Details: Size A: 111 x 74 cm, Edition of 3 + 1 AP; Size B: 60 x 40 cm, Edition of 8 + 1 AP

Locals fishing by the Klang River in the city centre. The Klang River is too polluted for practical or recreational use. The Dutch non-profit, The Ocean Cleanup (TOC), identified the river as one of the 50 most polluted rivers in the world. Since 2021 Landasan Lumayan Sdn Bhd (LLSB) has improved water quality to class III (moderately good) or better for almost six months of the year.

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The East Klang Valley Expressway

January 2022, Selangor, Malaysia
Technical Details: Size A: 111 x 74 cm; Size B: 60 x 40 cm

A view of the new expressway, the East Klang Valley Expressway(EKVE ), currently under construction. The road cuts through and segments the Ulu Gombak and Ampang forests. These biodiverse woodlands are vital carbon sinks and water catchment areas. The destruction of even a part of these forests will result in more dry spells and poorer water and air quality for Selangor residents. Villages and townships near the construction have reported more severe floods caused by the road construction that has damaged the area's natural hydrology systems.

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Quarry

January 2022, Selangor, Malaysia.
Technical Details: Size A: 111 x 74 cm; Size B: 60 x 40 cm

Hanson Quarry, on the eastern edge of the forested hills of Greater Kuala Lumpur. This region of forests connects to the central spine of Penisula Malaysia. The company is the largest producer of aggregates and asphalt nationwide.

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Highway Interchange

January 2022, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Technical Details: Size A: 111 x 74 cm, Edition of 3 + 1 AP; Size B: 60 x 40 cm, Edition of 8 + 1 AP

Various expressways converge at an interchange. Greater Kuala Lumpur highways are extensive and more developed than its public transportation systems. Large profits are made by building highways and levying tolls in large cities. In 2014, the annual revenue for the toll roads in existence at that time was RM5.42 billion.

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A Village in the City

January 2022, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Technical Details: Size A: 111 x 74 cm, Edition of 3 + 1 AP; Size B: 60 x 40 cm, Edition of 8 + 1 AP

Kampung Palimbayan has seen extensive development in the adjacent unprotected forests. The village has recently suffered from landslides caused by heavy rain and flooding.

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The East Klang Valley Expressway Construction

January 2022, Selangor, Malaysia
Technical Details: Size A: 111 x 74 cm; Size B: 60 x 40 cm

A view of an interchange and the new expressway, the East Klang Valley Expressway(EKVE ), currently under construction. The road cuts through and segments the Ulu Gombak and Ampang forests. These biodiverse woodlands are vital carbon sinks and water catchment areas. The destruction of even a part of these forests will result in more dry spells and poorer water and air quality for Selangor residents. Villages and townships near the construction have reported more severe floods caused by the road construction that has damaged the area's natural hydrology systems.

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The Chung Family at Jeram Kubang Gajah

January 2022, Selangor, Malaysia
Technical Details: Size A: 111 x 74 cm; Size B: 60 x 40 cm

The Chung family goes out on a day trip to Jeram Kubang Gajah, also affectionately known as Sofea Jane waterfalls. The family love the outdoors and wants their children to grow up with a keen appreciation for nature. They believe in its ability to educate and be a source of wonder. The new EKVE construction is located in the forests nearby, endangering large tracts of this healthy and biodiverse woodland for further development.

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Dr Dzaeman in the Titiwangsa Range

September 2022, Selangor, Malaysia
Technical Details: Size A: 111 x 74 cm; Size B: 60 x 40 cm

Dr Dzaeman Dzulkifli uses a machete to hack away at overgrown foliage on a trail he built and maintains on the Titiwangsa Range. Trail building is a conservation strategy that helps communities enjoy and feel invested in the threatened woodlands in the Klang Valley area.

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Ampang Forest

January 2022, Selangor, Malaysia
Technical Details: Size A: 111 x 74 cm; Size B: 60 x 40 cm

Trees and plants on a trail in the Ampang forest area. These forests start at the city's edge and connect to the Titiwangsa range. The region is a biodiversity hotspot and is an important water catchment area for the Greater Kuala Lumpur population.

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