Micro Galleries in Jakarta

Friday, November 17, 2017

I've always liked the idea of absorbing new perspective from other people via visual and literature. I think that's the only reason why I find absolute joy visiting art gallery and bookstore. If you're reading this, perhaps you're fortunate enough to be able to enjoy a day trip admiring artwork from across generations. But for some people, the idea of going to an art gallery might sound a bit intimidating. But guess what, I personally believe that art belongs to pretty much everyone, it's one thing that set us free, a safe space to express our thoughts or even criticise. Even we learned how to doodle on the walls long before we're being taught how to write.

Last month, I was lucky enough when I found out that a street art collective and reclaimed city acupuncturist, Micro Galleries turned a small alley in Jakarta into an art gallery filled with murals and installations that were being created on the spot by 50 local and international artists. They're lifting up street art scenes and making it accessible for the local community within Jl. Kebon Nanas, Kebayoran Lama with simply amazing art. It was quite a hectic week for myself loaded with shooting, so I decided to grab my camera and headed to the alley and make a photo series. The people and committees were very welcoming even I made friends with some of the artists there. Ariadne and Brian from Austria showed me around and give me a quick tour to the end of the exhibition. We even hung out together for a Sunday walk in the chinatown, I had such a great time with them.

Besides exhibition, they also host artist talk and workshop together with the locals. Thank you Micro Galleries for such a great movement and initiative, I salute the work that you're doing together involving the local community. See more photos on: link

Ariadne Avkiran (Austria) & Yuni Bening' (Yogyakarta) Peace installation


Murals by all female artists from Ladies On Wall with local people & installation of Jaka Thinker

Vivien Poly (France)

Jaka Thinker (Tasik), Belajaran community


  1. I love to see Jakarta from your eyes/lens. When I lived there for the first time for a few months in my university days, when I had my internship, the city just felt so hard to make friends with. But through your eyes, I feel like seeing the softer, different side of Jakarta.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, I enjoy reading your blog as well :)

  2. Oh, this is beautiful! And yes yes yes!! It's so awesome and exciting to learn new perspectives through art. I think that's the main reason why I studied Cultural Heritage in uni. But getting to know people through this is the best of the best. This is so lovely! :)

    1. Thank you Louise, I had the best time visiting this exhibition. It opens a new perspective toward street art.



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