Born in Jogjakarta, Garin Nugroho was a prominent member of the 1990s film generation in Indonesia and one of a few who were at the forefront of the liberation from New Order era industry regulations.
While studying cinematography at the Jakarta Institute of Arts from 1981 to 1985, he came under the indirect tutelage of legendary Indonesian dirctor Teguh Karya.
His early films, such as Cinta dalam Sepotong Roti (1991), Surat Untuk Bidadari (1994), and Bulan Tertusuk Ilalang (1995), secured his place as Indonesia’s preeminent director to attract serious interest in the international film festival scene.
His oeuvre encompasses 19 feature films, 30 docuseries, five documentaries, seven essay films, three short films, six live theatre productions, two dance productions, five books, and three art installations.
Among his filmography are Air dan Romi, Surat Untuk Bidadari, Leaf On The Pillow, Birdman's Tale, Opera Jawa, and Under The Tree, with his latest being Memories of My Body in 2018.
Garin enjoys exploring, and would often bathe in the Code River fed by the cold lahar runoffs from Mount Merapi. He notes that the sulfur, brought to the waters by the lava, was good for his skin!
His film work has taken him to many parts of his country. When asked about the number of islands he has covered, he replied, “So many islands: all big islands, many small islands."
Maybe someone has made a list somewhere on the internet.
Shireen Seno was born in Tokyo to a Filipino family. A graduate of architecture and film studies from the University of Toronto, her photo and video work have been shown in various galleries. She has worked with filmmakers such as Lav Diaz and John Torres, for whom she took stills.
In 2012, she held her first two solo exhibitions, Mystery Terrain at Republikha Art Gallery and Wild Grass at Light & Space Contemporary. Her first full-length film, Big Boy (2012), produced by Cinema One Originals and Peliculas Los Otros, had its international premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013. Shireen's next film project, Nervous Translation, is one of 15 finalists for the Venice International Film Festival's inaugural Biennale College – Cinema 2013.
She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents (2014) and Oberhausen Seminar (2015) and was one of four finalists in Film for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative (2016-2017).
A true Malacca son, Sherman Ong is a filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist. His practice often centres on the human condition and our relationships with others within the larger milieu.
A winner of the 2015 Prudential Eye Awards for Photography and the 2010 ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award, Sherman has premiered works at art biennales, major film festivals, and museums around the world, including the Venice, Singapore, Yin Chuan, Jakarta Biennales; Fukuoka and Asia Pacific Triennale; Mori Art Museum Tokyo; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum; The Tate Modern; Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin; Musee du Quai Branly Paris; Centre Pompidou Paris; Institute of Contemporary Arts London; Noorderlicht Photo Festival; Rotterdam International Film Festival; VideoBrasil Contemporary Art Festival; Singapore Art Museum; and MART Museum of Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy.
He is a founding member of 13 Little Pictures, a film collective based in Singapore. He also serves on the committee of the Singapore International Photography Festival, as an educator at schools and universities, and was an Associate Artist of The Substation.
In the summer of 2017, he exhibited at SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia (1980s to Now) co-organised by the National Art Center, Tokyo; Mori Art Museum; and The Japan Foundation Asia Center in Tokyo, Japan.
Come visit Sherman’s hometown during the 2019 SeaShorts Film Festival to watch films alongside him and view his art installations!