As part of the 2009 South Project Gathering held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Victoria Stead and I (as Agents of Proximity) joined forces with writer Nuraini Juliastuti from KUNCI Cultural Studies Center to develop an art project exploring travel, tourism, leisure and the relationships of power and exchange which these things generate. In the lead up to the South Project Gathering, the Agents swapped roles with Indonesians, in an “exchange of destiny” that attempted to subvert and invert the usual forms of interaction that occur between locals and tourists.
The project culminated in an exhibition of photographs and text which was presented at the “South Project – Melbourne Reflection” at Bus Projects, Melbourne in 2009. Victoria and I also created a publication, focused on our exchange with the Javanese pembantu Bu Jilah, entitled Encounter 1. Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 19 October 2009.
For more information about the project see also: