Sama-sama/Together, published by Jam Karet Press, ISBN 976182-7-3
An International Exchange Project Between Yogyakarta - San Francisco
About the book:
Sama-sama/Together was an international collaboration and exchange project between community arts organizations and artists from San Francisco, California and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The project, co-sponsored by the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP), Apotik Komik, and Intersection for the Arts featured the first murals to be created in San Francisco by Indonesian artists and the first major exhibition in the Bay Area to feature contemporary alternative work from Indonesia. Designed to foster understanding of contemporary art and culture between the two communities through the creation of new works, as well as through cross-cultural dialogue between participating artists and the public at large, this collaboration is especially timely given the great need for understanding and dialogue between Muslim and non-Muslim countries (Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world).
Sama-sama/Together launched in July and August, 2003 as six Bay Area artists from the artists' collective CAMP (Carolyn Castaño, Carolyn Ryder Cooley, Alicia McCarthy, Aaron Noble, Andrew J. Schoultz, Megan Wilson) traveled to Indonesia, and then in September and October, 2003 as four Yogyakarta artists from the artists' collective Apotik Komik (Arie Dyanto, Samuel Indratma, Arya Panjalu, Nano Warsono) traveled to the Bay Area. All of the participating artists in Sama-sama/Together work within similar aesthetics and methodologies - producing work influenced by comics and visual imagery found in the public sphere such as graffiti, advertising, and design. Whether individual artworks, large murals or public art projects, each of the artists individually and collectively make work responding to immediate social and political conditions.
Sama-sama/Together provided the opportunity to learn how each culture has influenced and responded to the artwork being created - an experimental exchange that generated fertile, cross-cultural dialogue amongst the communities of the Pacific Rim. The project encompassed the creation of public works (murals, performances, and installations), joint gallery exhibitions in each location, artists' talks, and an evening of film/video presentations from each community.
10cm x 10 cm
Released May 2006
English and Bhasa Indonesian
Full color throughout
Soft cover with dust jacket