By proposing identity as its main theme, JIPFest hopes to understand of how social constructions shape who we are and how we (should) behave.
The festival aims to see documentary projects that demonstrate how identity manifests itself in various fields in different corners of the globe, from fashion to architecture to culinary trend identity as a source of cultural expression and inspiration for creativity. Additionally, JIPFest wants to see works that criticize real problems inherited from the concept of identity. Photographers can explore identity as a direct impact of biological classification or colonialism, as a community’s effort to sustain itself or merely as a political tool to shake the establishment.
Identity is also a theme strongly relevant for Indonesia in particular. With more than 700 documented living languages and 300 ethnic groups, plus six government-sanctioned religions and 187 other beliefs, the world’s largest archipelago is one of the world’s capitals of diversity. In Indonesia, identity is a concept that remains in question.