In Ravaged, Bamadhaj attempts to highlight the current social conundrum within the LGBTIQ community in Indonesia, focusing on a particular group; Yogyakarta’s Transgender Extended Family or KEBAYA. In this series, Bamadhaj re-visits a familiar element from her previous work, the Medusa, which has been a major part of her practice since 2008.
The drawing component are portraits of individuals that Bamadhaj interviewed from aforementioned group. These portraits are combined with photographic images by Indonesian photojournalist Dwi Oblo, capturing particular dramatics and serene moments intertwined with the lives of those depicted in the portraits. Utilizing the Medusa icon as an expression of social injustice, the corresponding digital images allude to the stories of members of the LGBTIQ community; their hopes, fears and yearnings.
Nadiah Bamadhaj – Ravaged