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Jakarta Post

‘Gallery of Anxiety’ Visualizing the angst of adulthood

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 20 2019   /  02:58 am

Chapters of our lives: Each photograph represents a chapter from Ray Shabir's Public Feelings & Other Acts, which has also been visualized in a 26-minute film.The personal issues that come with the anxiety of transitioning into adulthood, coupled with the state of the world right now, makes becoming an adult as challenging as any point in history.Anxiety, in an age when mental health is becoming increasingly less taboo to talk about, is a common theme of discussion, as it’s something many people can relate to.However, in conservative Indonesia, normal conversations about anxiety, of course, are still rare, and this is what makes Public Feelings & Other Acts, a book written by writer Ray Shabir, feel so refreshing. Anxiety around topics like postgraduate blues, marriage and even existential crises is discussed in a way that connects deeply to today’s youths.As a way ...