Press Release : Solo Exhibition of Photography by Arif Datoem “LuminaSense Envisage”

Solo Exhibition of Photography by Arif Datoem
“LuminaSense Envisage”

21 – 31 August 2017
B Building, National Gallery of Indonesia
Photography substantially devotes the method as well as the constitution of thought and feeling into the process of seeing, in order to experience a deep understanding about the subject’s existence. This is a way of intuitive understanding through knowledge, truthfulness, emotion, and reason.
(Arif Datoem)

Jakarta, 21 August 2017 – National Gallery of Indonesia in cooperation with LuminaSense Photowork holds a solo exhibition of photography by Arif Datoem. Photography as a medium of art is rare and seldom to put into practice in the world of visual art in Indonesia, even in Southeast Asia, said Sudjud Dartanto as the curator in this exhibition. He further explained that Arif Datoem could be said as a senior photographer in Indonesia who intensely do research and practice through photography as the media, therefore this exhibition is important to comprehend in relation to the practice of creating the recent photography artwork in the history of art photography in Indonesia even the world. Sudjud said that in this exhibition we can see how Arif Datoem also invites visitors to see the traditions in daily life of Baduy and Java tribe through the approach of digital intuition. “Art photography by Arief Datoem can be seen as the fact that photography art does exist and become an important part of the photography art history, Arief can be said as one of art photography seniors actually in Indonesia and Southeast Asia”, said Sudjud.

This exhibition presents the curation theme: ‘LuminaSense’ which has a symbolic meaning as a part of the universe, a part of life itself where the sense as a vehicle of perception plays an important role in opening and understanding the universal phenomena (in Lumen biology derives from the Latin lūmen means opening; plural lumina). ‘LuminaSense Envisage’ for Arif Datoem is an estuary of observation, reflection, and his dedication in photography for 35 years. For example, in the case of a work speaking about Banten, Arif Datoem took almost three years just to see the unbeatable concept in Debus Banten. Then, Arif Datoem found that the understanding of Debus was then defined as a way of life that encouraged the lack of physical and spiritual form as an exemplar based on sharia practices and tarekat in faith. In that sense, ethnographic photographs were inserted by Arif Datoem into the process of creating his photography work. 

Digital photography and digital printing technology is brought into the realm of art, which opens the possibility of becoming rich and vast. It challenges him to continue exploring and creating works. 

To him, living with photography is a transcendental journey to explore the inner spaces of a knowledge entity as a subject, naturally, through an emotional and reason approach. For him, seeing is always a way to know and photography is a discipline to see.  “Photography substantially devotes the method and also the constitution of thought as well as feeling into the process of seeing, to obtain a very significant circumstance from the subject’s existence intuitively”, said Arif.

Sudjud said that Arif Datoem tends to renovate, reassemble, alter, recondition and update the pictures that he takes during the process of his idea. In creating it all, Arif Datoem is very involved in the stage of recollection and contemplative reflection before he introduces a completely different visual statement. This is the reason why Arif’s intuitive digital mode through spirituality, reason, and imagination plays an important role in the stage of contemplation and his ideas. This activity has been done by Arif Datoem for almost three decades to fill the reality of how professionalism and competence of a photographer and this is not just to achieve the highest academic level.

Seeing is a way of knowing; photography is a discipline of seeing.
(Arif Datoem, 2012)

Doctor of Creative Arts in Photography, Post Graduate Program, Indonesia Institute of The Arts Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Master of Science in Media Production, the Department of Instructional System 
Technology, Indiana University, U.S.A.
Educational Computing Course, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa,California, U.S.A. 
Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Art, Department of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of 
  • ART TALK: ‘BREAKING THE BOUNDARIES”; Panelist,  Kapallorek Art Space, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. AYIFF 2016: Judge, Universiti Utara Malaysia.
  • NUSWANTARA ARTNIVAL 2016, Judge, Presenter, Malang,  Indonesia.
  • MINI FILM FESTIVAL FTKW 2015; Judge, December 2015, Bachok, Malaysia.
  • ‘Design Action Bandung’ International Workshop and Conference on Design Thinking, Bumi Sangkuriang, Bandung, Indonesia.
  • ‘Debus: Sebuah Pemahaman Fotografis’  Photo-Work Solo  Exhibition, Art Gallery of Indonesian Institute of The Arts Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • ‘Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat’ Visual Art Exhibition, Jogja National  Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • Galeri ‘R’ Visual Art Exhibition, Trisakti University, Jakarta,  Indonesia.
  • ITB Art Fair, Bandung, Indonesia.
  • ‘ExpoSign 2009’, Visual Art Exhibition, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • ‘Sign of Time’, Visual Art Collaborative Project with Anindita, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • ‘Trip to The Noteworthy’ Collaborative Art Exhibition with Alysha Worth, Think Tank Gallery, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. 
  • Biennale Jogja X, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 
  • Katamsi Fund Raising Art Exhibition, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 
  • Biennale Jogja IX, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 
  • 5th Indonesian Art Festival, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. ‘Luminescence’ Duet Fine Print Exhibition with Tisna Sanjaya, TonyRaka Art Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
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