Where are you, Mr. Daendels?
Curated by Wei Leng Tay
Presented as a culmination of the Objectifs Documentary Award, Open Category
Chapel Gallery, Objectifs
13 Mar to 19 Apr 2020
* In view of updated health and safety measures because of COVID-19, our current exhibitions will be closed to public walk-ins from 28 March. Starting from next Tuesday, 31 March, these exhibitions are viewable only by appointment, between 4pm to 7pm from Tuesday to Friday. If you would like to see Pantura in person, please indicate your preferred date/time slot via this link. We are working on other ways to make these exhibitions available to those who would prefer to stay home or access them virtually. For a start, you may scroll to the bottom of this page to view installation photos of Pantura by Rony Zakaria. Please visit this page to follow more updates about the health and safety measures and the advisory to all visitors to Objectifs, thank you.
Download the exhibition booklet in PDF
Opening Reception: 12 Mar, 7pm to 930pm
Artist and Curator dialogue: 12 Mar, 7pm [Click here for a recap of the talk] Join us as well for the opening and talk for the Emerging Category recipient Dave Lim on the same evening.
Rony Zakaria journeys from Anyer to Panarukan, down De Grote Postweg (The Great Post Road) encountering, experiencing, collecting. What is today called Jalan Pantai Utara — Pantura for short — was constructed in the early 19th century across five provinces in Java under the direction of Dutch Governor General Herman Willem Daendels, and is a vital transportation artery. The road gives as quickly as it takes, shaping communities it runs through. Zakaria, with and through his photography, follows the people and dimensions of class, ethnicity and religion that inhabit it.
To understand more about Rony’s process and his project, please refer to the exhibition booklet, which can be downloaded here. The booklet contains an introduction by curator Wei Leng Tay, an interview between Zakaria and Tay, and several images not seen in the exhibition. Download the booklet here.
About Rony Zakaria
Rony Zakaria graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. Upon graduation he started his career as a photographer. He then studied photojournalism at Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara. In 2009 he studied on a fellowship at Asian Center For Journalism in Manila Philippines. Since then he has been working for international publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Le Monde, Mare, GEO, The Guardian, Monocle, among others.
Rony has received several awards for his works which includes NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Roberto del Carlo Photolux award and Mochtar Lubis Award Grant. His works have also been exhibited in galleries and festival in Paris, Frankfurt, China, Bangladesh, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. In 2013, he published his first book, Encounters, a collection of personal photographs taken since the beginning of his career.
About Wei Leng Tay
Wei Leng Tay is an artist working with mediums including photography, audio, video and installation. Her works begin with conversations and interactions with people, and draw links between how desires, personal relationships and histories are tied to family, society and the state. Tay’s most recent four-part solo exhibition, Crossings, was presented at NUS Museum (2018-2019). She has collaborated with organisations such as ARTER Space for Art, Istanbul, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Vasl Artists’ Association, Pakistan, and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre through group exhibitions and residencies, and her works can be found in museum collections in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. She is in the collective project Sightlines (2016-) which questions collectivity through conversation and image-making. Previously, Tay worked as Deputy Picture Editor for TIME Magazine’s Asia edition and as a photo editor for Bloomberg News in Hong Kong. She holds an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.