The Jakarta Post
Krisdayanti performs during the Alkisah exhibition held as part of the Pekan Raya Indonesia event at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) in BSD, South Tangerang. (Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation/File)
Photographer Rio Wibowo, known as Rio Motret, rekindled local legends and folktales for his latest photography exhibition Alkisah, which took place during the recent Pekan Raya Indonesia (Indonesian Fair) at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) in BSD, South Tangerang.
A collaborative effort between more than 100 artists, Alkisah portrays legendary stories from various regions of the country, including Keong Mas, Drupadi and Lutung Kasarung. Due to Rio’s cordial relations with celebrities, many famous faces were involved as models for the series of 24 folklore shots.
“This photography exhibition is a huge achievement in my career as a photographer. It's a pleasure for me to be able to invite celebrity friends, stylists, designers and other contributors to reintroduce Indonesian folklore through the media of photography, blended with strong elements of couture,” Rio stated. “Hopefully, in this modern era, we can encourage people to familiarize themselves with Indonesian culture and preserve it.”
Dave Hendrik (left to right), Olla Ramlan and Rio Motret speak on stage during the Alkisah exhibition.(Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation/File)
Renowned fashion designer Denny Wirawan, who dressed the photographic subjects of Alkisah with his couture, said the project offered a unique concept due to its freshness and modernity. “I had to specially design clothes that would strengthen the message that every folktale attempts to convey,” he added.
The exhibition, which was previously showcased in five cities through a roadshow, was spiced up with a series of fashion shows by Denny Wirawan, Rinaldy A. Yunardi, Ivan Gunawan and Ferry Sunarto, as well as live performances by Krisdayanti and Titi DJ. (mra/kes)