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Art For Orangutan

The Art For Orangutan was an event to raise concern about orangutan through art. A collaborative art exhibition by Center for Orangutan Protection collaborated and Gigi Nyala community, the art exhibition was held from 14 - 17 February 2019 at Jogja National Museum.


Even though the orangutan habitat is legally protected by government regulation since 1931, the orangutan is still facing extinction threat due to deforestation and illegal wildlife trade. In one of the images that showed by Center for Orangutan Protection (COP), orangutan and other wildlife lose their habitat approximately 864.000 hectare every year due to deforestation for palm oil plantation.


There were 250 local and foreign artists participated in this exhibition presenting their artworks in two and three dimensions. Local musicians from Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, and Yogyakarta who has been supported with the orangutan conservation were performing during the opening day.

Other programs from the event including discussion with Ridki R. Sigit from Mongabay Indonesia and Huhum Hambilly, and also the winner announcement of the short story competition with the theme “A Good Life for Orangutan”, which won by Dwi Asih Rahmawati with a story title “Opera Cinta Minah”.


Another interesting program was a Live Screen Print from Survive Garage with a design from Anti Tank and Sebtian on the first day. You just need to bring one plain shirt and they printed the design on it with a Rp 20.000,- donation.

Art for Orangutan is how artists share their voice about the orangutan issue. “Orangutan is not just a primate, they are part of our life. That’s why we need to protect their habitat because they deserve to leave in a safe habitat,” said Ramadhani, Communications Manager of COP.


All profit from the event will be donated to the conservation of orangutan. If you want to support orangutan through Art for Orangutan, you can check here: https://www.kitabisa.com/bantuafo

Photo by Hardi Bakti

By: Malariahouse | 22 February 2019