jakarta: banal aesthetics

© salihara / photography: erik prasetya

erik prasetya is one of indonesia's leading photographers. his long career spans a wide variety of genres, but his roving eye eventually settled for a journalistic angle, and it's the very field prasetya excels in. it was during in the 1990s that he met the iconic sebastião salgado and worked for him as a fixer during the brazilian photographer's stay in jakarta. it was this collaboration which heavily influenced prasetya's style, and which eventually led to a project to document everyday life in the bustling indonesian capital. entitled banal aesthetics, it evolved into a series that has colourful documented street life across the city for no less than twenty years, from 1990 to 2010. an eponymous exhibition dedicated to this lenghty project and featuring a collection of compelling photographs is currently on at galeri salihara. both black + white and colour photographs are displayed, all featuring the human dynamics of this ever-growing megalopolis of 29 million inhabitants [on through jan 31]. location: galeri salihara, jalan salihara 16 [pasar minggu].

© salihara / photography: erik prasetya