Tropical rainforests in Indonesia are currently threatened by unsustainable practices. So in order to make people more aware and display ARTOTEL’s support, we were fortunate enough to collaborate with Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara to conduct Artist in Resident program in Merabu village, East Kalimantan, with artists Bayu Widodo and Andang Iskandar. During the residency, both artists capture moments to understand the importance of conservation efforts in fighting climate change. 


We would like you to help us and spread the social awareness by placing one of your hopes for 2019 on the paper leaf made out of recycled paper and stick it to our deforested wall of hope tree. Help us reforestate the tree.


Artists Bayu Widodo and Andang Iskandar captured eye catching moments during their residency in Merabu Village to understand the importance of conservation efforts in fighting climate change. The art exhibition showcases the beautiful artworks and stunning photos and emphasizes their hard work and dedication for the nature conservation.

The Artists


Andang Iskandar is an award-winning photographer from Bandung, Indonesia. He finished his Post Graduate program in Art & Design at ITB, Bandung and completed his doctorate (S3) at Padjajaran University, Bandung. He published photography books in 2004 and 2009, titled ‘Glossary Photography’ and ‘Photo Theory : Art of Reality and Media’. Several photography exhibitions he participated were in Jakarta, Japan, Singapore and China. His recent exhibition was with Galeri Nasional, Jakarta, ‘Wimba Kala’, a project to preserve natureby visiting Indonesia’s prehistoric caves in several cities and to create artworks from this journey.


Born in January 1979, Bayu graduated from ISI, Jogjakarta, finished his Master Degree in Fine Art in 2007. He participated in several prestigious exhibitions and projects in Indonesia and abroad since he graduated and to name a few of the projects are at Cemeti Arthouse, Jogjakarta, House of Sampoerna, Surabaya, Louis Vuitton Espace Cuturel, Paris - France, Megalo Print Studio in Canberra - Australia, ‘Pressing Matter’ at Framer Framed, Amsterdam – Holland, and ‘Recovering Lives Across Border’ projects in Dili, East Timor. For his creative process, Bayu loves to explore techniques and materials to create his works. In the end he wants to reflect the story of human’s life, human with nature, and human with his Creator through his art. Bayu established SURVIVE! Garage, a house for collective young artists based in Jogjakarta, where he now lives and works.