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Agan Harahap, A Humble Person With The Wildest Imaginary

Agan Harahap began his career as a painter and illustrator when he was a graphic design student at STDI (Design and Art College) in Bandung, Indonesia. After graduate (2005), he moved to Jakarta. His first job is a digital imaging artist in Tarzan Photo Studio.

After a year, he quit and join a Trax Magazine ( Indonesian based music magazine) as a senior photographer. At 2008, he was one of a finalist for Indonesian Art Award. And a year later, his first solo exhibition was held in MES 56 Yogyakarta and he began to participated in numbers of photography exhibition. By the end of September 2011, he quit his job and now becoming a full time artist.

His works combined between fantasy and reality , satire parody of human life. He also participated in a numbers of exhibition in Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan, Portugal, Colombia and Australia.

 His most recent series, And Justice for All, places American media idols like Rihanna and Justin Bieber in the custody of Jakarta’s stone-faced police officers.

The work lets Harahap live out the fantasy of being a paparazzi photographer while also giving his fellow Indonesians the thrill of seeing US stars schmoozing—and getting busted—on their own turf.

Harahap claims Hollywood types are even more revered than Asian stars. “For people who live in ‘third world’ countries like me, Western celebrities are role models in many ways,” he says. “Their daily lives are followed and emulated by the public.”

According WIRED Harahap feels that this celebrity obsession plays out on social media as well, where everyone tries to be the star of their own Twitter or Instagram feed. Faking it has gotten even easier through the proliferation of photo editing software and apps, which Harahap claims have transformed photography “into a tool to fabricate various realities of life.” Overall, Harahap’s images speak less to cultural differences than they do to similarities. Indonesians and Americans alike are obsessed with celebrity—all study it, desire it, and, most importantly, imitate it. These days, you only need a selfie—taken from just the right angle, filtered in just the perfect light—to project an image about as real as anything on TMZ.

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By: Malariahouse | 05 December 2015