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The History of Boys: the MES 56 and Beyond

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Abednego Trianto, Agan Harahap, Akiq Aw, Angki Purbandono, Dito Yuwono, Edwin Roseno, Jim Allen Abel, MES 56, Rangga Purbaya, Wimo Ambala Bayang, Wok The Rock, Yaya Sung

Dr Alexander Supartono

Friday, 17 March at 7.30pm
RSVP to meet@deck.sg by 15 March

Saturday, 18 March, 4.30pm to 6pm
Moderated by Ms Tan Siuli, Curator of Singapore Art Museum
Limited seats and registration required

Crossing SEA is a series of research-based exhibitions initiated by DECK. With the focus on Southeast Asia, Crossing SEA examines the development of contemporary photography across the region, mapping out the exploration in forms of exhibition and publication.

For the inaugural exhibition, photo historian and curator Dr Alexander Supartono discusses the institutionalisation of contemporary practice of photography in Indonesia through the collective and individual works of MES 56 and their compeers. The History of Boys: the MES 56 and Beyond maps out how MES 56’s concept and aesthetic practices has evolved and developed, marking their endurance in the national, regional and international art scene over the years. The exhibition will also feature Indonesian photographers who are around and beyond MES 56’s social and/or artistic habitus.


About MES 56
Ruang MES 56 is an artist collective working cooperatively with their communities and networks to manage a house for studio, education, playground and a place to live in. Formed in 2002 with self funding, this community focusing on the development of photography and contemporary art crossing over with other disciplines in critical and contextual works.

Event Information

17 March 2017, 7:30pm
23 April 2017, 5:00pm