“Colonialism has also its modern dress, in the form of economic control, intellectual control, actual physical control by a small but alien community within a nation. It is a skilful and determined enemy, and it appears in many guises. It does not give up its loot easily. Wherever, whenever and however it appears, colonialism is an evil thing, and one which must be eradicated from the earth."

President Soekarno's opening speech at the 1955 Asian African Conference

The first Asian-African Conference in Bandung, 1955 was initiated by President Soekarno to gather leaders of Afro-Asian countries that had recently gained their independence. The agenda was largely based on how they can collectively build a new world - free from imperialism, slavery and exploitation. By drawing inspiration from Soekarno’s opening speech in the conference, Danishwara Nathaniel photographed the streets of Bandung to search for colonial wounds and the promises of that conference. Bebas Terbatas is accompanied by a music composition by Wahono that was made with drum synthesizers and digitally processed rebab to elaborate friction and tension in the narrative. The claustrophobic setting of this piece acts as a physical confinement while we gaze toward utopian imageries of freedom.

Bebas Terbatas is one of the installations shown at Divisi 62: PARIPURNA Exhibition in RUCI ART SPACE Gallery in Jakarta, May 2018: 


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