In its second edition, JIPFest presents six discussion at MULA Kotatua. All sessions are free and open to public for visitors who have received a minimum of one dose of Covid vaccine. The venue is limited to 75 seats, 50% of the full room capacity, and all visitors are required to pre-book their seats via

The Curatorial of JIPFest 2021
Saturday, 13 November, 10:30-12:00

SPACE, the main theme of JIPFest’s second edition, has many faces and interpretations: physical and virtual spaces; public and private places; the universe, the spiritual realm, to the inner being. Space Exploration will discuss JIPFest curatorial narrative, including the concept of photo exhibitions and selected works.

Kurniadi Widodo

Wid has been actively involved in various communities and initiatives focusing on photography education, such as Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta, Arkademy and Flock Project. His prior curatorial works includes Germany-Indonesia-Japan Photobook exhibition and the first InSumatra Photo Festival.

Ng Swan Ti
Her work has been featured in the Noorderlicht Festival 2006, Jakarta Biennale 2015 and DongGang Photo Festival 2016. In 2016, Swan Ti, Managing Director of PannaFoto Institute, was elected as the member of the Joop Swart Masterclass selection committee.

Moderator: Asep Topan
Asep is an independent curator and lecturer at the Jakarta Institute of Arts. He was the curator of Museum MACAN (2018-21) and the Deputy Director of Jakarta Biennale 2017. Between 2013-2021, Asep has curated 19 art projects and exhibitions in Indonesia and overseas.

The Visual Narrative of Covid in Indonesia
Sunday, 14 November, 10:30-12:00

The Covid pandemic, like any other colossal disasters, is pivotal to be documented, including by photographers. However, unlike the previous disasters, Covid has been affecting everyone at a time when “everyone” is a photographer. It is no wonder that various visual narratives on the subject have emerged. What can we learn from this phenomenon?

Joshua Irwandi

Irwandi, a documentary photographer, holds an MA in photojournalism and documentary photography from the London College of Communication. One of his photographs on the Covid pandemic has won the second prize at the World Press Photo Contest 2021 in the General News category.

Dr. J. Teguh Widjaja
Teguh is a pulmonary specialist at Immanuel Hospital, Bandung, and a lecturer at Maranatha Christian University, Bandung. He enjoys photography and is actively involved in a photo club. Combining his profession and hobby, Teguh published Pandemi, a photo book that documents the struggles of health workers during the Covid pandemic.

Moderator: Agoes Rudianto
Agoes, an independent photographer, received the Erasmus Huis Fellowship to work on a photo project in the Netherlands. His works have been published by various national and international media outlets. This year, he was involved as one of the photographers in the Pagebluk di Akar Rumput photo book.

Photography as a Medium for Change
Sunday, 14 November, 14.30-16.00

The use of photography as a medium of expression has been growing in Indonesia. In this session we will explore the phenomenon, and discuss various photo projects displayed at the Silent Stories exhibition—part of the Photo-Demos program initiated by PannaFoto Institute and Kurawal Foundation, and supported by Open Society Foundations.

Albertus Vembrianto

Vembri, a South Sumatra-born photojournalist, is actively working on social and environmental photo stories. His works have been featured by various publications and exhibited in the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Photo Summit 2016, Reclaim Photography Festival 2017 and the Humanity Photo Awards 2018.

Arif Hidayah
Arif Hidayah, commonly known as Danun, has been working as a photojournalist since 2014. In 2017, he won the first prize in the Photo Story Category from the West Java Photojournalist Awards and the BNP Awards. In the same year, he received the Permata Photojournalist Grant.

Malahayati, the Chapter Leader of Women Photograph Indonesia, studied photography at GFJA and has participated in a photojournalism workshop by the World Press Photo Foundation and “i see” (Imaging Center) in Jakarta. Her works have been exhibited at Mata Perempuan 2006, Jakarta Biennale 2009, as well as Vision 2020 in Slovenia.

Yoppy Pieter
Yoppy, an independent photographer, is the first Indonesian to be selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass by the World Press Photo Foundation. His first photo book, Saujana Sumpu, depicts the impact of urbanization in West Sumatra. This year, Yoppy joined Photo-Demos projects as mentor and curator.

Moderator: Evi Mariani
Evi is the founder and Executive Director of Project Multatuli, a citizen journalism initiative that aims to serve marginalized people and to keep the authority in check. Prior to this, she worked at The Jakarta Post for close to 18 years, most recently holding managing editor title.

Understanding Cinematography
Saturday, 27 November, 10:30-12:00

Between a director and an actor, you’ll find a cinematographer. The job is complex: to visually translate the scenario and the director’s vision—by adjusting the color composition, the lighting, to select the right type of camera and lens. What’s the working process like? What are the requirements to become a cinematographer? And to what extent do the disciplines of photography and cinematography intersect?

Amalia Trisna Sari

Amalia, an alumnus of the Jakarta Institute of Arts, is a cinematographer who has been involved in various movies, including Anak Garuda (2020), Aruna and Lidahnya (2018), Galih dan Ratna (2017), and Tabula Rasa (2014). She won the Best Cinematography award at the Jogja-Netpac Asian Film Festival for Aruna and Lidahnya.

Anton Ismael
Anton, a photographer and art director, holds a BA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In 2005, he founded the Third Eye Space studio. A year later, he founded Kelas Pagi, which then grew to become one of the most influential community-based “photo schools” in Indonesia.

Writing, Reviewing, Criticizing Photo
Saturday, November 27, 14:30-16:00

A picture is worth a thousand words. However, to truly understand a picture, we might need a thousand words in the form of reviews and critiques. It is from the writing that we can see discussions and debates—a democratic process that is both beneficial to the photographers and vital for a healthy photography ecosystem. Who will take up the role?

Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Dharmawan is a photographer and writer. He has been involved in six book projects, either as a photographer, a writer, a translator, or a photo editor. Some of his photographs have been published by various media and exhibited in Yogyakarta, Bangkok, Beppu and Ho Chi Minh City.

Dea Ratna
Ratna studied photography at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, and has participated in several exhibitions in Singapore. She is now working as an independent writer and has regularly contributed to the Artgence, Paris, in the past year. This year, she participated at the JIPFest Photo Critique Workshop, supported by the Erasmus Huis.

Yogi Ardhi
After working as an independent photojournalist since 2000, Yogi joined Republika and currently serves as an editor. He teaches basic photography class at Paramadina University, and has been regularly involved as a jury or speaker at various photography forums. This year, Yogi participated in the JIPFest Photo Critique Workshop, supported by the Erasmus Huis.

Moderator: Ahmad ‘Deny’ Salman
Deny, an educator, editor, and independent curator, is actively involved in various photography projects and events. He was the member of the 2019 JIPFest curatorial team, a mentor at Kinabalu Photo Festival 2020, and the curator of Mamuk Ismuntoro’s solo exhibition in 2008. Together with Evans Winanda, he runs the online forum Ruang Baca Foto.

What does it Take to Make an Impact?
Sunday, 28 November, 10:30-12:00

The global effort to overcome environmental crisis seem to be going at a snail’s pace, even though we have seen numerous evidence of destructions. From Project Pressure to Everyday Climate Change to Climate Visuals, various photography initiatives are intensively documenting the climate crisis. On the other hand, many media titles are focusing on environmental issues. What more can be done?

Ulet Ifansasti

Ifansasti, born in Papua and lives in Yogyakarta, is a photojournalist who regularly documents environmental issues in Indonesia. He has been a regular contributor for Getty Images since 2008. In 2014 and 2015, he was listed as nominee for the Photographer of the Year title by The Guardian.

Sapariah Saturi
Saturi is the Senior Editor of, an online platform specializing in environmental news and studies, where she mainly manages the politic and economy departments. Previously, Saturi has covered various issues, including at Jurnal Nasional, and has an extensive network among NGOs and government officials.