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JIPFest 2022 : Jacquie Maria Wessels : Birdmen


Jakarta International Photo Festival 2022 presents the outdoor photo exhibition with the Surinamese Birdmen by the Dutch artist Jacquie Maria Wessels at the Langsat Park in Jakarta, Indonesia between 9 – 25 September 2022. After Greece, the Netherlands, the USA and Suriname, the Birdmen can now be seen in Indonesia. JIPFest 2022 curatorial team, Asep Topan, Ayos Purwoaji, and Ng Swan Ti, have selected 21 photography and multimedia works from 17 countries to be exhibited in the upcoming edition of the festival. The selected works all showcase strong perspectives on this year’s festival theme ‘Revival’.

For the analogue photographed series Birdmen Jacquie Maria Wessels made portraits in Suriname and the Netherlands, of macho Surinamese men who are obsessed with their songbirds. The ‘caged bird’ is the leading actor in songbird contests. In this ‘most popular sport in Suriname’ men from all segments of the population come together amiably, in peaceful combat over which bird sings the best and who wins the first prize.

After the independence of Suriname in 1975 many Surinamese people migrated to the Netherlands and brought this popular pastime with them. As a result, this significant Surinamese culture revives in various Dutch cities. Stereotypical male attributes such as clothing, cars and motorcycles play an important role in this lifestyle but in the photographs by Wessels the men also reveal another side of themselves.

With the photo series Birdmen the photo book Cityscapes + Birdmen was published with a selection of 160 photographs in full colour, which will be on show at the Photo Book Exhibition at JIPFest.

Jacquie Maria Wessels’ work is exhibited worldwide and is in the collection of various museums and private collections including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (NL), Huis Marseille – Museum for Photography in Amsterdam (NL) and the Surinaams Museum in Paramaribo (SR).


JIPFest 2022
The annual Jakarta International Photo Festival (JIPFest) is Indonesia’s first international photography festival and is organized by the PannaFoto Institute. During JIPFest 2022 the photographers and artists interpret the festival theme Revival with a critical conscience on environmental, migration, identity issues, as well as the urgency we face globally.

Participating artists: Akshay Mahajan (India), Ala Eldin Abdalla (Sudan), Antonio Perez (Spain), Chantal Pinzi (Italy), Darnia Hobson (New Zealand), Dito Yuwono, (Indonesia), Fabiola Cedillo (Ecuador), Giuseppe Cardoni (Italy), Issam Larkat (Algeria), Jacquie Maria Wessels (the Netherlands), Mao Sovanchandy (Cambodia), Meidiana Tahir (Indonesia), Michael Eko (Indonesia), Miyuki Okuyama (Japan), Mohammed Hossain (Myanmar), Olga Volondina (Russia), Paul Eis (Germany), Setyo Manggala Utama (Indonesia), Tianhu Yuan (China), Xuan Phong Le (Vietnam), Younes Mohammad (Iraq).


Jacquie Maria Wessels : Birdmen from Suriname
9 – 25 September, 2022
Jakarta International Photo Festival 2022 (JIPFest)
Jl. Barito, Kramat Pela
South Jakarta, Indonesia

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