Sudden ideas came to Pidi, as they usually do, on Wednesday, "Let's make an event at SPACE59 on Saturday afternoon!". Go ahead, I told him, you can perform. "You'll have a discussion session, too!". Alright, I said, just prepare a program and the invitation. The latter was distributed to our contacts through mailing lists, websites and SMS, as commonly done nowadays. It was supposed to start at 4 pm, but of course in reality it began a bit later.
I arrived at the gallery at around 2.30 pm, to meet an appointment while preparing my material. Indeed, I made a PowerPoint presentation for this evening, containing a short story about me, my drawings and other relevant activities.
Passing four o'clock, a group of people - bringing guitars and tambourines - entered the gallery and Pidi asked them to start performing. The way he introduced them might offend some sensitive people, but nobody seemed to mind. I asked Pidi who these guys really are. "I don't know", he said, "I just found them around the corner of the street, and asked them to perform here. They'd like to". "Really?!" my eyebrows and voice raised. "Seriously", he chuckled. Don't believe a word he said.
During their performance, the "Jakarta support team" came: Deedee, Dezig, and many others whose name I've come accross lots of times at Multiply. Glad to finally meet you all in person, guys!
Then it was my turn to face the audience. It's never been easy for me to talk about my self, so visual assistance is always in order. I showed my earliest documented drawing, from my apprenticeship era in Germany (1995), my travel log in Indonesia and Australia (1996-1997), to my student life in The Netherlands (starting 1998), continued with family life in Amsterdam (2000), up to today. I presented as well photos of exhibitions, publications and other works. It didn't take long, really.
The Q&A session was great. Thanks to all for the appreciation; I'm happy to find out that, after all, my doubt about the acceptance of this kind of work is gradually decreasing. This 'readiness' of Indonesian comics community was actually the first question from Deedee, followed by an inquiry about my returning to Indonesia. Another question was about keeping privacy (it's still a diary, indeed) while maintaining a wide audience who view my drawings. The rest were remarks and comments, all of which I felt very grateful for.
The conclusion? Curhat doesn't always have to be whiny! Haha.
The program continued with a performance from Pidi, who played guitar and sang his heart out, his way, for some minutes. I got the chance to chat and shop (Nat, Nunu and Chica, I got your stuff!) - and to be in several snapshots with the Jakarta team!
The sun went down, flagging down the sign of break-fast. The gallery provided cups of water, Teh Botol and fried snacks from a street vendor. Afterwards, some interior lights were switched off, the guests dripping off the premise - leaving the gallery serene and vacant again in the dim light. That was quite a memorable afternoon, thanks to everyone!
Photo: courtesy of Dhani, at http://dezig.multiply.com/photos/album/271/Curhat_Tita_
Other photos can be seen at Alice's http://alsqtecture.multiply.com/photos/album/212/Pameran_Curhat_Tita_Dinner_Boemi_Joglo_ at Arini's http://louiesmum.multiply.com/photos/album/69/curhat_TITA_1592007_space59_Bandung_
and at Olive's http://obendon.multiply.com/photos/album/264/dKambers_ka_Bandung_euyy_
SPACE59 will hold a workshop for making comics (Kursu59ambar Komik) on the 19th, 20th and 22nd of September. Announcement will be released as soon as responsible parties are confirmed.
Starting Monday, new merchandise will be produced, i.e. stickers and magnets. T-shirts that are sold out will also be reproduced. Online selling will be prepared approaching the closing of the exhibition, at the Multiply of SPACE59.