Social Documentary Photography – Protests & Celebrations In Indonesia

The Production Incense Prayer Sticks Heading Lunar New Year 2567
DEMAK, INDONESIA – A worker is laying the prayer sticks to dry under the sun. The stick must dry between 4 to 6 hours before it can be sent to the market. With the Chinese Lunar New Year 2567 falling on February 8, 2016, the production of handmade prayer sticks at the central home industry in Waru Village located near Central Java, Indonesia, has surged fourfold.

 

Independent Documentary Photographer and  Freelance Photojournalist Aji Styawan is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography .   To see Aji’s portfolio, projects and photographs click on any image.

 

SURAKARTA-INDONESIA, April 29 2015. An elaborately costumed dancer celebrates World Dance Day at a 24-hour event on Slamet Riyadi protocol street in Surakarta City. First established in 1982, World Dance Day was created by the International Dance Council as an opportunity for countries to recognize their unique history of dance, as well as to encourage the public to engage in traditional and contemporary styles. The ninth year of the event in Surakarta City served as a showcase for Javanese dance and included a performance of Tari: Nafas dan Kehidupan (Dance: Breath and Life).

World Dance Day Celebration in Indonesia
SURAKARTA-INDONESIA, April 29, 2015. An elaborately costumed dancer celebrates World Dance Day at a 24-hour event on Slamet Riyadi at Protocol Street in Surakarta City. First established in 1982, World Dance Day was created by the International Dance Council as an opportunity for countries to recognize their unique history of dance, as well as to encourage the public to engage in traditional and contemporary styles. The ninth year of the event in Surakarta City served as a showcase for Javanese dance and included a performance of Tari: Nafas dan Kehidupan (Dance: Breath and Life).

 

MAGELANG-INDONESIA, August 24, 2014. Participants perform during the 13th Five Mountains Festival or Festival Lima Gunung in the Muneng Warangan village of Magelang Regency. Held for the first time in 2002, the festival is the platform for local villagers and rural communities to showcase their own folk art and cultural performances in the warmth of a traditional village ambiance on a simple stage and gardens. The festival received its name from the 5 imposing mountains that surround the regency of Magelang, which are: Merapi, Merbabu, Andong, Menoreh and Sumbing.

Five Mountains Festival
MAGELANG-INDONESIA, August 24, 2014. Participants perform during the 13th Five Mountains Festival or Festival Lima Gunung in the Muneng Warangan Village of Magelang Regency. Held for the first time in 2002, the festival is the platform for local villagers and rural communities to showcase their own folk art and cultural performances in the warmth of a traditional village ambiance on a simple stage and gardens. The festival received its name from the 5 imposing mountains that surround the regency of Magelang, which are: Merapi, Merbabu, Andong, Menoreh and Sumbing.

 

SEMARANG-INDONESIA, April 16, 2015. Members of the Indonesian Environmental Forum (WALHI) in Semarang protest against the construction of a cement plant in Rembang. Residents filed a lawsuit against the construction, claiming it violated regulations of water and land use, and would damage the environment in the area.

Protest Against the Construction of a Cement Plant Factory
SEMARANG-INDONESIA, April 16, 2015. Members of the Indonesian Environmental Forum (WALHI) in Semarang protest against the construction of a cement plant in Rembang. Residents filed a lawsuit against the construction, claiming it violated regulations of water and land use, and would damage the environment in the area.

 

SEMARANG-INDONESIA, February 25 2015. Activists in Semarang protested to demand that the government carry out the executions of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, leaders of drug smuggling group, the Bali Nine. The protest came after Australian President said Indonesia should remember the Tsunami relief Australia provided in 2004 by sparing Chan and Sukumaran from execution. The comments have sparked outrage in Indonesia, with some campaigners even organizing street drives to collect money to “return” to Australia. Demonstrators carried out street performances as part of the protest, offering large fake dollars to a protester wearing a Tony Abbott mask.

Activist Protest Carry Out Bali Nine Execution
SEMARANG-INDONESIA, February 25, 2015. Activists in Semarang protested to demand that the government carry out the executions of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, leaders of drug smuggling group, the Bali Nine. The protest came after Australian President said Indonesia should remember the Tsunami relief Australia provided in 2004 by sparing Chan and Sukumaran from execution. The comments have sparked outrage in Indonesia, with some campaigners even organizing street drives to collect money to “return” to Australia. Demonstrators carried out street performances as part of the protest, offering large fake dollars to a protester wearing a Tony Abbott mask.

 

BANJARNEGARA-INDONESIA, August 30 2015. People from central Java gather by the Serayu River to celebrate the 184th anniversary of the Banjarnegara region. The Parak Iwak Festival hosts a variety of events including a fish-releasing ceremony whereby 13,500 are strewn into the Serayu river. This festival is held every other year as a reminder of the importance of river life and to increase environmental awareness.

Parak Iwak Festival
BANJARNEGARA-INDONESIA, August 30, 2015. People from central Java gather by the Serayu River to celebrate the 184th anniversary of the Banjarnegara Region. The Parak Iwak Festival hosts a variety of events including a fish-releasing ceremony whereby 13,500 are strewn into the Serayu river. This festival is held every other year as a reminder of the importance of river life and to increase environmental awareness.

 

Lion Dance in Sam Poo Kong Temple SEMARANG-INDONESIA, February 19 2015. Crowds gathered in Sam Poo Kong Temple in Central Java to celebrate the arrival the Chinese New Year. The occasion was marked with a lion dance, called ‘Barongsai’ in Indonesia, which is now performed openly after a government ban of the custom ended in 1998. Many in attendance crowded around the lions, lifting children up to place offerings in their mouths, in the hope of bringing blessings for the lunar year of 2566.

Lion Dance in Sam Poo Kong Temple
SEMARANG-INDONESIA, February 19, 2015. Crowds gathered in Sam Poo Kong Temple in Central Java to celebrate the arrival the Chinese New Year. The occasion was marked with a lion dance, called ‘Barongsai’ in Indonesia, which is now performed openly after a government ban of the custom ended in 1998. Many in attendance crowded around the lions, lifting children up to place offerings in their mouths, in the hope of bringing blessings for the lunar year of 2566.

 

Leaf Parade SEMARANG-INDONESIA, April 19 2015. Participants of all ages join in the parade of at Kandri Village in the sub-district of Gunung Pati, Semarang City, Central Java. The parade is a tradition of rural communities routinely performed every ‘Jumadil Akhir’ (Moslem Calendar) to campaign about environment issues.

Leaf Parade
SEMARANG-INDONESIA, April 19, 2015. Participants of all ages join in the parade of at Kandri Village in the sub-district of Gunung Pati, Semarang City, Central Java. The parade is a tradition of rural communities routinely performed every ‘Jumadil Akhir’ (Moslem Calendar) to campaign about environment issues.

 

Save Sharks SEMARANG-INDONESIA, November 15th 2015. Dozens of students who are members of the associations of marine cooperating with Save Shark Indonesia and Green Peace gathered on Pahlawan Protocol street of Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia and voiced about the protection of a shark population been threatened over-exploitation by humans.

Save Sharks
SEMARANG-INDONESIA, November 15th, 2015. Dozens of students who are members of the associations of marine cooperating with Save Shark Indonesia and Green Peace gathered on Pahlawan Protocol Street of Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia and voiced about the protection of a shark population been threatened over-exploitation by humans.

 

The Lion Dance Craftsman Flooded of Orders Ahead The Chinese New Year SEMARANG, INDONESIA - JANUARY 16: Workers assemble the heads of Lion Dance outfits ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year 2567 celebrations on January 16, 2016 in Semarang, Indonesia. The Lion Dance craftsmen on Seteran street of Semarang are flooded with orders ahead the Chinese Lunar New Year 2567 which will fall on February 8th 2016. Orders from clients have surged twofold this year. One Lion Dace outfit sells for 2 Million to 3 Million IDR ($ 143 USD- $ 215 USD). Lion Dance is a traditional Chinese dance using handmade clothes that resemble lions. For Chinese people, the lion is one of the holy animals, a vehicle to paradise and a symbol of welcoming the Lunar New Year.

The Lion Dance Craftsman Flooded of Orders Ahead The Chinese New Year
SEMARANG, INDONESIA – The Lion Dance craftsmen on Seteran Street of Semarang are flooded with orders ahead the Chinese Lunar New Year 2567 which will fall on February 8th 2016. Orders from clients have surged two fold this year. One Lion Dace outfit sells for 2 Million to 3 Million IDR ($ 143 USD- $ 215 USD). Lion Dance is a traditional Chinese dance using handmade clothes that resemble lions. For Chinese people, the lion is one of the holy animals, a vehicle to paradise and a symbol of welcoming the Lunar New Year.

 

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