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Jakarta Post

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

Batik businessman turned photo mentor: Arief Budiman (c) mentoring his students.(JP/Ivan Darski)
Yogi Ishabib
Surabaya   ●   Tue, April 13 2021

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 [restau...

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