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Photobook on Sidoarjo disaster

Tanah Yang Hilang

A photobook by Mamuk Ismuntoro

In 2006, Indonesia also experienced a disaster that some people would rather forget, the Porong, Sidoarjo mud eruption, the biggest mud flow in the world that became a long-term mission and project for photographer Mamuk Ismuntoro to capture the changes in this area from one year to another.

“Tanah Yang Hilang” (“The Lost Lands” in English) is a book that tries to revoke our memories of the disaster. Most Indonesians still remember a vast population had to be relocated having lost their livelihood. Now what is left from the disaster is a vast, empty surfaces of mud that until now cannot be rebuilt.

The book is divided into two parts, one for the photos of landscapes and people, and another for the text. The photos mostly are landscape photos of the area and a small number of photos showing the people affected by the mud leaving the curiousity about the lives of the 60,000 people who were affected.

Designed in a format of an official Indonesian Land Certificate in a kraft envelope, it instantly reminded us, Indonesians to the issue of land ownership.

Preview the book here:

Cover: Softcover in an khaki envelope
Size: 21 x 29.7 cm
ISBN: 978-602-70213-1-0
Price: Rp 170,000 + shipment

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