Bhineka Tunggal Ika is a symbolic context of unity having become an option of photographers to be revealed through their camera snapshots. They feature various photographs with the theme of diversity and uniqueness that can educate and give the spirit that diversity is beautiful. The photographs are the work of 34 photographers showcased in the
Bhineka Tunggal Ika is a symbolic context of unity having become an option of photographers to be revealed through their camera snapshots. They feature various photographs with the theme of diversity and uniqueness that can educate and give the spirit that diversity is beautiful. The photographs are the work of 34 photographers showcased in the Sanur Village Festival at Griya Santrian Gallery taking place on August 4–19, 2017.
This curated photo exhibition is the eight times held since the implementation of the Sanur Village Festival having reached the twelfth time this year. The photographs are visualization of the activities of Indonesian society reflecting the Bhinneka Tunggal Ika or Unity in Diversity as a living philosophy within the framework of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI). Diverse in terms of religion, language, tribe and culture, but the activities show a sense of unity as the nation of Indonesia.
For instance, there is photograph entitled ‘Wayang Wong Sutasoma’ (Wayan Gunadi). In the book Sutasoma written by Mpu Tantular is mentioned the phrase Bhinneka Tunggal Ika Tan Hana Dharma Mangrwa meaning ‘unity in diversity, there is no ambiguous truth.’ On the coat of arms, the phrase Bhinneka Tunggal Ika is written on a tape gripped by the Garuda Pancasila is immortalized in the photograph ‘Together in Diversity’ (Gede Sudika Pratama) and ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika Maha Sakti’ (by I Wayan Gede Supartha).
The photographers also made the format of philosophy entitled Bhinneka Tunggal Ika as appears in photographs entitled ‘Beauty of Diversity’ (Anom Manik Agung), ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, Reflection of Diversity’ (I Made Adi Dharmawan), ‘You’re My Best Friend’ (Puja Astawa), ‘I, You and We Laugh Together’ (Kadek Arya Wahyu Diputra) and a photo entitled ‘Barong’ (Wayan Aksara). The real concept of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) is reflected through the coexisting interfaith places of worship in Nusa Dua as showed off in the photo entitled ‘Puja Mandala’ (Nyoman Arya Suartawan).
Besides, the photographers try to find the point of conception of diversity in an activity initiated together which appears in the photograph ‘Collaborative Art’ (Made Dwi Priyatna Indrawan), ‘Megibung (Shared Meals)’ (KM Agus Mahendra) and ‘Ceremony’ (Nur Efendi), ‘Ceremony at the Foot of Semeru’ (Putu Sukmana Ghitha), and ‘Unity in Diversity’ (Agus Wiryadhi Saidi).
Other photos illustrate a number of arts growing up on the Island of Bali, coming from outside Bali, but merging with Balinese culture, such as the staging of ‘Rodat Dance in Goa Gajah’ (Kadek Raharja), ‘Guardian’ (Gusti Semarabawa), ‘Devotional Works’ (I.B. Subhakarma), ‘Chinese Baris Dance of Sanur’ (Linggar Saputra), ‘Pelebon with Rodat Music’ (Budiarta Aryawan) and ‘Angpao for Barongsai’ (Wayan Naya).
There are photos immortalizing the activities of various religions and tribes without distance in understanding the mutual relationship in the national corridors through ‘Mutual Respect’ (Nyoman Hendra Adhi Wibowo), ‘Joint Prayers’ (I Ketut Gede Kochiana), ‘Interfaith, One Color, One Goal’ (I Made Satriya Dwi Baskhara), ‘Participating in Charity’ (I Ketut Widiatmika), ‘Sowing Ashes of the Body’ (Raka Bujangga), ‘Eid in Bali’ (Ida Bagus Krisna Wirajaya), ‘Celebration of 75th Anniversary’ (Agustinus Satmoko Tody P) and ‘Malabuh Gentuh’ (Putri Kusuma), inter ethnic and interfaith converse in more open and free activities is immortalized by photograph entitled ‘Motto of Diversity’ (Taum Sardika), ‘Unifying Lantern’ (I Nyoman Kusala) and ‘Learning Balinese Dance’ (Wayan Gunada).
The activities showing off the diversity are part of the unification within the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) such as “NKRI Fixed Price’ (I Wayan Erwin Widyaswara) and the ‘Last Respect’ (I Wayan Mardana). As the last photograph is a close up photograph of the Papuan tribe making everyone who sees it and believes that we will all say according to the title of the “I am Indonesia’ (I Wayan Gunayasa).
I Made Iwan Darmawan as the exhibition curator said the selection process is made after each participant sends their photograph through Facebook group “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (SVF 12).” “All the photographs are selected with the format of ‘a photo essay’ in order to be able to describe a philosophy living among the people of Indonesia imbued by the spirit of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika,” he said. (BTN/bud)