Danishwara Nathaniel



July-December 2019 

New Delhi, India 

Semester exchange program during the course of my Masters program at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

Courses taken: Political Thought, Sociological Theories, and Visual Histories: Themes in Photography and Materialities, Theatre and Performance Studies. 

September 2018                                                       

Geneva, Switzerland

Started Masters in Anthropology and Sociology of Developmentat the Graduate Institute, Geneva,Switzerland. I have received full scholarship from the Institute. 


Amsterdam, NL

Joint Honours Degree: Bachelor of Arts Liberal Arts and Sciences (Amsterdam UniversityCollege), graduated with Cum Laude(GPA: 3.61)

Major: Social Sciences (Focused on Anthropology and Sociology)

Thesis: The Crisis of Hospitality: An Ethical Inquiry to the EU Political Breakdown in Handling Refugees

July 2014

Pristina, Kosovo

Summer University Program in the University of Prishtina

Course Taken: Modern Approach to Conflict Resolution

Grade: A

August 2014- January 2015                                 

Istanbul, Turkey

Erasmus Exchange Program for one semester at the Bogazici University Istanbul in its Department of Sociology


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Canadian Pre-University Program in Subang Jaya KL. Graduated High School with an Ontario Canadian High School Diploma


Jakarta, Indonesia

Completing Grade 7 until Grade 11 in Pondok Indah Global School


May 2018                                                                   


Contributor artist to RUCI ARTSPACE presents PARIPURNA BY DIVISI62 exhibition. The exhibition poses the question: can we really define what is ‘Indonesian’? By presenting the works of DIVISI62 a Jakarta-based group of individuals with backgrounds in music, anthropology, film, graphic design, and photography, they intend to establish a dialogue of seeing the paripurna—whole—view of our Indonesian identity. My works on display: MANUSIA INDONESIA, portraits of individuals outsideJava, displayed with mirrors next to it with excerpts from Mochtar Lubis’ book printed on it. BEBAS TERBATAS, a photo-essay based on Soekarno’s opening speech at the First Asian African Conference in 1955 in Bandung.

Exhibition Review: http://nowjakarta.co.id/young-artists-define-being-indonesian-at-paripurna-art-exhibition

March-April 2018                                                      


Worked as a consultant for GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) Timor-Leste. I was hired as a photographer and researcher, developing photo-stories that explore the life worlds of young people in Dili (Urban Area), Viqueque and Lospalos (Rural Areas) for one month.The general objective of the consultancy is to promote a better understanding of the life and conditions of young people in both Urban and Rural areas of Timor-Leste through photography.  

February 2018                                                         

Tambora National Park, Sumbawa, Indonesia

Helped drafting visitor management plan for Mount Tambora National Park by conducting fieldwork qualitative research with Jakarta-based eco-tourism consulting group Rakata Solusi. The visitor management plan gives recommendations for the park managers on how to control crowds visiting the protected conservation area, minimizing impact it has on the environment. 

November 2017                                                       

Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia

Conducting research and photography work for the Ministry of Tourism Indonesia in exploring Labuan Bajo as a new, potential tourism destination. I was part of a field work team interviewing local stakeholders, workers, inhabitants, as well as tourists visiting the coastal town. Based on the qualitative data gathered, the team produced a report for the Tourism Ministry recommending branding strategy and approaches in integrating different local communities towards ‘sustainable tourism’ Works include: in-depth interviews, distribution of survey/questionnaire, and focus group discussion with local stakeholders. 

August-November 2017                                          


Selected to be one of the student for visual story telling Mentorship at Pannafoto Institute Jakarta, taught by experts in their field from photographers, researcher, to writers. We were given an assignment to produce a photo-story, exhibited in Goethe-Institute, Jakarta in November. I followed the local surf community in West Java and documented the vibrant surf culture in Pelabuhan Ratu, West Java. The photo-series received the Best Work Award. Work can be seen here: http://www.danishwara-nathaniel.com/to-the-sea-to-be-free- 1

March-June 2017                                                     

Siberut,Mentawai Island, Indonesia

Conducted an independent anthropological research in Siberut, Mentawai, Indonesia with a friend from university. In this research, we aim to unveil the exclusionary structure of the western modern scientific, technical and managerial knowledge embedded in to the idea of development in order to re-assess the value of local indigenous knowledge as part of indigenous community’s cultural integrity. The research resulted in a journalistic report in French and a photo-story published here: https://asialyst.com/fr/2017/11/13/indonesie-peuples-indigenes-mentawai-etouffes-developpement/

December 2016

Brussels, Belgium

Selected to be among the student panel in European Angst Conference: a conference on populism, extremism and Euro-scepticism in today’s European Societies. It was initiated by the Goethe Institute. In the end, students drafted a manifesto on how to deal with the problem through policy recommendation handed over to the EU parliament.

I was on the same panel as Slovenian philosopher and cultural theorist, Slavoj Zizek as well as Turkish fiction writer Elif Shafak.

Results and details can be found in thislink: https://www.goethe.de/ins/be/en/kul/prj/ean.html

July– December 2016                                            

Amsterdam, NL

Internship at BR-ND The Appeal Company, a branding consultancy company. Tasks include:

- writing case studies

- updating their websites

- providing visual (film and photography) needs for the company

July-August 2015                                                      


Internship in Antara Photojournalism Gallery, carrying research task for the exhibition on Indonesia’s 70th Independence Day: HistoRIMasa Depan, under the supervision of Oscar Motuloh, the gallery’s curator.

October 2013

Amsterdam, NL

Volunteer in Unseen Photography Festival Amsterdam, working closely with the artists, setting up exhibitions.

October-December 2012

Papua, Indonesia

Conducted an independent photography project in Bokondini, Papua, Indonesia upon finishing high school. I was teaching basic photography to school kids in the highlands of Papua, Indonesia, with five donated point-and-shoots for them to use. Works can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.257045607758147.61289.246451645484210&type=3


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Volunteering in teaching photography to Burmese refugee youths living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The project is called Everyone Has Hope.

Awards and Acknowledgements

September 2012


Winner of European Union Centre in Singapore Photography Competition, Photo-Essay Category: “Imagining the Future Europe and Southeast Asia”. Photoessay was exhibited in Objectifs, a visual arts centre in Singapore.  

Works can be seen here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/48098007/CIREBON-EXPRESS-GLASS-WINDOW

January 2017

Roubaix, France

First ever solo exhibition of my travel/street photography in an art gallery Le Camion Roubaix, France under the title of Les Deplacement

Details can be found here: https://danishwaranathaniel.wordpress.com/p-a-s-t/

And review from local news media: http://www.lavoixdunord.fr/118331/article/2017-02-13/une-exposition-photo-pour-comprendre-le-monde-par-le-voyage

References available upon request.

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