Project Tobong, Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23, until 10th April 2016
The Horniman Museum is a wonderful place which celebrates natural history, anthropology and musical instruments in an approachable way that appeals to all generations. The Project Tobong exhibition consists of specially set-up photographs that brings a traditional Javanese dancing troupe into a modern setting.
Photographer Helen Marshall explains the reason for her images saying ‘With the spread of modern media, interest in traditional storytelling has been eroded and audiences for Ketoprak are dwindling. Project Tobong explores the players’ predicament by presenting a series of living pictures which use the language of Ketoprak (the costumes and postures of performance) to reference its own threatened status. This project brings a unique view of a vanishing art form and traditional community to a new audience.’