The History of Boys: the MES 56 and Beyond

Jim Allen Abel

The History of Boys: the MES 56 and Beyond is part of the Crossing SEA, a series of research-based exhibitions initiated by DECK. With the focus on Southeast Asia, Crossing SEA examines the development of contemporary photography across the region, mapping out the exploration in forms of exhibition and publication.

For the inaugural exhibition, photo historian and curator Dr Alexander Supartono discusses the institutionalisation of contemporary practice of photography in Indonesia through the collective and individual works of MES 56 and their compeers. The History of Boys: the MES 56 and Beyond maps out how MES 56’s concept and aesthetic practices has evolved and developed, marking their endurance in the national, regional and international art scene over the years. The exhibition will also feature Indonesian photographers who are around and beyond MES 56’s social and/or artistic habitus.

Abednego Trianto, Agan Harahap, Akiq Aw, Angki Purbandono, Dito Yuwono, Edwin Roseno, Jim Allen Abel, MES 56, Rangga Purbaya, Wimo Ambala Bayang, Wok The Rock, Yaya Sung

Dr Alexander Supartono

Friday, 17 March at 7.30pm
RSVP to by 15 March

Saturday, 18 March, 4.30pm to 6pm
Moderated by Ms Tan Siuli, Curator of Singapore Art Museum
Limited seats and registration required

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Agan Harahap
Edwin Roseno