Makcik Project Season 1 (2012)

Logbook credits
Editor: Grace Samboh & Jimmy Ong
Image: Makcik Project except where creditted (Antariksa, Budi ND Dharmawan, Nala Nandana)
Design & layout: Ratna Mufida

Click here to download the logbook of MAKCIK PROJECT #01

Photo: From Sonya’s interview session, July 20, 2012, taken by Lashita.


About the project
The Makcik Project is a collaboration of three artists who grew interest on the same subject within their individual reasons. They are Ferial Afiff, Jimmy Ong, and Lashita Situmorang. Inspired by the way Lashita completed her art project in Sarkem (Red District Project 2008-2009), Ferial and Jimmy followed her lead in doing their research regarding the makciks. Some people acknowledge makcik as transvestite, transsexual, transgender, she-male, etc. The project chose to use the term makcik to hopefully freely define their findings upon this research.

The starting point of this collaboration is: Three artists with three different ideas who are willing to go through their own processes together, who are open to each other’s sources, who are willing to share knowledge between each other. They call themselves: The three women collaborations. The name is in itself a statement. It comes with at least two premises: 1) they are viewing their works from a woman’s perspective; or 2) they want their work to start with the fact that they are women.

This collaboration is curated by Grace Samboh; who after a period of time working within the environment of established (art) spaces decided to be autonomous in curating shows and initiating projects. There are two intriguing aspects of the three women collaboration that ticks her curiosity in joining on board. 1) She never believed in egalitarianism in terms of contemporary art production, ergo equal collaborations are (almost) impossible. 2) The fact that this is an artist-initiated long-term research-based project that seeks to involve other communities.

The very first public presentation of this project will be held at iCAN (Indonesian Contemporary Art Network), Jl. Suryodiningratan 39, Yogyakarta.

Showcase presentation
Friday, August 3 – Thursday, August 9, 2012

Showcase opens daily at 10.00 and closes at 20.00
You may meet the artists between 15.00 to 20.00
Do come to meet and talk to the artists

Thursday, August 9, 2012 | 15.30

Refreshments will be served

→ Wips! August 2012 at iCAN
→ Makcik Project’s blog
→ Click here to see the iCAN showcase documentation
→ Click on the names below for personal links or further information.


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