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'Self' - An Exhibition by Rama Surya

Award Winning Indonesian Photographer at the Paros Gallery through 17 March.

(3/7/2003) Rama Surya, the award-winning Indonesian photographer takes a penetrating look at the meaning of "Self" in an exhibition of photos by that name at the Paros Gallery in Sukawati, just north of Denpasar, through March 17, 2003.

The exhibition presents intimate studies of the people of Bali actively involved in the preservation of their culture within the context living in two worlds - a traditional culture striving to persevere while existing in the modern age. Among those Balinese photographed for the exhibition include writer Ketut Suwidja; painters and artists Made Budhiana and Made Wianta; the late religious and community activist Ibu Gedong; political activist Putu Suasta; and dancer Panji Tisna. Rama Surya attempts to capture on film the personal journeys of these and others in their search for "self."

Rama Surya has contributed to a large number of international publications including Galeri Foto Journalistik and Latitudes. He was named "Photographer of the Year" by Germany's fotoMAGAZINE in 1998. His touring photo exhibition in 2000 on the destruction of the Borneo rain forest - Borneo: Airmata Api (Borneo: The Tears of Fire) met with overwhelming critical acclaim.

Rama Surya recently contributed the photography for a book "Bali Living in Two Worlds" published in 2002 under the auspices of the Museum der Kulterel in Basel, Switzerland.