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'Cerita Kami': Youth photographers with disabilities tell their stories through pictures

Yogi Ishabib

The Jakarta Post

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Surabaya  /  Mon, April 12, 2021  /  04:18 pm
'Cerita Kami': Youth photographers with disabilities tell their stories through pictures

Learning together: Arief Budiman (third right), a batik businessman turned photography mentor, teaches youths at the Liponsos Kalijudan community home in Surabaya, East Java. When Arief started the photograph workshop, none of the group could sign, so they devised their own way of communicating. (JP/Ivan Darski)

During a visit to Liponsos Kalijudan, a community home managed by the Surabaya Social Affairs Agency that has an art studio, four youths were busy taking pictures in the large backyard. Amateur photographers Pina, 19, Kiking, 16, Mukidi, 14, and Jacky, 12, had just seen their photographs displayed in the “Cerita Kami” (our story) exhibition on online art gallery Melihat Bersama (see together). The group exhibition was presented like a professional photo essay, about their daily lives at the Kalijudan community home and the surrounding area. All four youths are deaf and mute, but that hasn’t stopped them from participating in Kalijudan’s annual photography workshop over the past 5 years. “We regularly go hunting for photo locations. Last week, we went to a traditional tofu [cottage industry] in Ngagel and a smoked fish [restaurant] in Kenjeran,&rdquo...

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