Objects are everything that has a form but no soul. Objects are inseparable from people’s lives.  People, who have affection for the living or dead objects, choose a couple of them as the most important in their lives. If the object is connected to someone’s meaningful experiences and history, it becomes very valuable (regardless it’s initial price).

The way humans give affection to the objects, gave me the idea to exhibit objects that are really important for the inhabitants of Pulosari area. I asked several households to exhibit the most meaningful object. Some of them exhibited an object that is related to their young age, the others something important in their daily life. Every object is connected to a story. The stories that were shared with me while collecting the objects, gave me an access to people’s personal life and allowed to build the connection between me and the people in the community. The stories have become a crucial part of the exhibition.

As we can see that there are a few objects in here that one can consider as something not important, but the same thing can be really important to someone else. Some of the objects that we see on this exhibition are a symbol of urban life. But all of them create the sense of the common past and presence. In the community with no written history, the objects become symbols of the past events and present failures and achievements.

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photo by : Djuli Pamungkas

photo by : Djuli Pamungkas

photo by : Djuli Pamungkas

photo by : Djuli Pamungkas

photo by : Djuli Pamungkas

Honda Super Cup '70  
Motorbike is a symbol of the youth lifestyle in the urban area. Same as the other urban area in Bandung, mostly the youngsters at Pulosari started to use motorbike since they are young. For all the young people, possession of a motorbike is the symbol of masculinity and bravery. At the process, some of the them now becoming really good on repairing motorbike and becoming a mechanic. Besides, there are others who also joined the motorbike gangster and did criminal things. This Honda Super Cup ’70 is used by mostly young people at Pulosari when they learned how to ride motorbike. Most of them have their first experience of driving motorbike with this Super Cup ‘70. This motorbike had crashed and been confiscated by the police so many times. That memory that makes this motorbike is valuable thing for the young people here at Pulosari.


Dandang is a houseware that used for cooking rice. Rice is a basic need for Indonesian people, so dandang become something really important when rice cooker is not yet famous in Indonesia. For few newlywed couples in the old days, some of the housewares are really important. Mostly the housewives have a strong emotional connection with these housewares, because of the memories and they always think that this housewares still can be used. They still keep these housewares because of that reason.
Stamp Album

Mr Alung’s had philately hobby from 1974 to 1990. His started this hobby since he was 14 years old. He had several ways in completing his stamp collection. One of them was by searching in the garbage trash in Jalan Purnawarman area near his office. This stamp album is really important memorabilia for Mr. Alung, because it reminds him to his young age.

Wrist Watch
There are so many things that parents gave to their kids. The late Mr. Nadi Wirya, Mr. Alung’s father gave this watch in 1975 as a gift. Mr. Alung still kept the watch as a reminder of his late father.

Kodak Camera

Mr. Alung got this Kodak Camera in 1982. At that time photography is quite famous among young people, same as today when young people take pictures from smartphone camera. Mr Alung trade this camera with his wrist watch at that time. He used it to take pictures of his family daily lives such as when THEY had a vacation to the zoo.

Painem is the oldest person who ever lived at Pulosari, in the beginning of 2015 she died at the age of 103. The community realized that she died after 2 days. This television is the thing that Painem’s family decided not to bring, they gave it to the community. Kuya Gaya Community keeps this television to remind them about Painem.


Trashy Material (Rongsok) is an artwork that made by Fendi who is a mechanic, as well as a former of alcoholic. At one point he decided to quit drinking. To distract his attention from alcohol, he made this artwork from the trashy material that he found at his workshop. Pulosari Kampoong had a strong connection with the alcohol problem and drugs issues. There are so many things that happened in Pulosari which is triggered by this issue.


The way people live in the riverside of Cikapundung is really influenced by the condition of the river itself. The condition of the river is one of the issues that the Kuya Gaya really concerned about. Kuya Gaya is a community who do a lot of activities that related with the river, such as cleaning up the river. During this activity the community member found a lot of interesting stuffs.  Kuya Gaya thinks the oval shaped stone and the coins is the interest thing that represent the river and their connection that they built through the activities.


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