Exploring the vibrant landscape of Indonesian photobook publishing

Hosted by Indonesian photobook gallery and publisher Gueari Galeri
Moderated by Zhuang Wubin

Tue 19 Sep 2023, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Workshop Space, Objectifs
Free admission, please RSVP here.

Gueari Galeri’s Practices and Mapping Indonesian Photobook Publishing is a talk by Indonesian photobook gallery and publisher Gueari Galeri and moderated by Zhang Wubin, a writer who makes photographs, publications and exhibitions. This talk will shed light on Gueari Galeri’s initiatives as an independent publisher to develop Indonesian photobooks and explore the vibrant landscape of Indonesian photobook publishing. Through engaging discussions, they will delve into the rich narratives and artistic expressions encapsulated within these photobooks.

They will also address the main challenges faced by the photography book publishing industry in Indonesia and highlight opportunities in the development of photobooks in the digital era. Join us to embark on a journey that explores the captivating interplay of images and words, defining Indonesia’s photographic storytelling.

About the speakers

Established in 2014, Gueari Galeri is an independent photobook gallery and publisher based in Jakarta and Bekasi, Indonesia. Their core focus lies in utilising the power of photography and photobooks as tools for self-discovery and catalysts for positive change through the presentation of personal narratives.

Their mission is to serve as a platform for inclusive creativity, providing individuals with the opportunity to expand their photographic works through the creation of photobooks, as well as exhibitions and installations. To support this mission, we have been conducting photobook classes (#kelasbukufotoguearigaleri), since 2015. These classes aim to empower participants in developing their personal stories using the medium of photobooks. Additionally, they organise photobook discussions (#ngobrolbukufoto), in various regions across Indonesia and abroad. These discussions serve as educational platforms to enhance photobook literacy.

About Andi Ari Setiadi
Andi Ari Setiadi (1979) is a photobook artist and graphic designer who lives in Bekasi, Indonesia. He studied graphic design at Interstudi Jakarta (2002) and photojournalism at Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara (2004). In 2014 with Caron Toshiko, he founded Gueari Galeri, a photobook gallery and independent publisher based in Jakarta and Bekasi. In 2022, he launched his autophotobiography titled “Gueari: the Life of the Photobook Designer” in Arles Books Fair 2022. His works have been exhibited in several photo exhibitions: Beyond Transisi. Contemporary Indonesian Photography, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, German (2016) / Stop Pausing Start Peeking, Gueari Galeri (2015) / The Jakarta International Photo Summit, National Gallery, Jakarta (2014, 2010 & 2007) / Musik untuk Demokrasi, Grand Indonesia, Jakarta & Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta (2014) / Dot Pixel, Forum Graphic Design, Jakarta Convention Center (2013) / Out of Jakarta, Galerie Lichtblick Germany (2013) / The Internasional Photography Biennale Grid 2012, Amsterdam (2012) / Mapping Invisible City, Goethe Institut Jakarta-Singapore-Hanoi-Kuala Lumpur-Germany (2008) / Sensecity, Galeri Foto JurnalistikAntara Jakarta (2005).

About Caron Toshiko
Caron Toshiko (1990) is a psychology practitioner with interests in innovation and gender issues. Since 2014, together with Andi Ari Setiadi, she has managed Gueari Galeri, an Indonesia-based photobook gallery and independent publisher that has published more than 30 photobook titles. With a Master’s Degree background in Health of Social Psychology, she recently completed her PgCert Therapeutic Photography course at Robert Gordon University and has been conducting therapeutic photography workshops as part of her research on the use of photography for young people’s self-exploration toward sexual and reproductive health and rights issues.

About Zhuang Wubin

Zhuang Wubin is a writer who makes photographs, publications and exhibitions. He is interested in photography’s entanglements with modernity, colonialism, nationalism, “Chineseness” and the Cold War in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. Zhuang received his PhD by Published Work (Research–Photography) from University of Westminster, London.