Yudha Kusuma PUTERA

About The Artist

Yudha Kusuma Putera (b. 1987) is a visual artist who lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His photographic artworks are based on negotiations, and, in recent years, he has also consistently used participatory and collaborative methods in his making process. The themes that appear in his work are often intimate ones, including personal identity and living spaces, and family and neighbours. His work has been included in various exhibitions, both local and international: Biennale Jogja XIV 2017, at the Jogja National Museum; “3H”, at Foam Photography Museum; “Contemporary World: Indonesia”, at the National Gallery of Australia.

Yudha Kusuma PUTERA

"There is an old local Javanese custom called padasan, which is to provide water containers in front of houses, so that the owner or visitors can cleanse themselves before entering, a custom which has reappeared now as a response to the pandemic."

Monumen Sanitasi (Jln Katamso Yogyakarta)

Monumen Sanitasi (Jln Katamso Yogyakarta)

Monumen Sanitasi (Jln Mondorakan Kotagede Yogyakarta)

Monumen Sanitasi (Jln Mondorakan Kotagede Yogyakarta)

Monumen Sanitasi (Jl Glagah Sari Yogyakarta)

Monumen Sanitasi (Jl Glagah Sari Yogyakarta)

Monumen Saniatasi (Jln Ibu Ruswo Yogyakarta)

Monumen Saniatasi (Jln Ibu Ruswo Yogyakarta)

Monumen Sanitasi (Jln Mangkurat Panembahan Yogyakarta)

Monumen Sanitasi (Jln Mangkurat Panembahan Yogyakarta)

Monumen Sanitasi (Ledok Tukangan Yogyakarta)

Monumen Sanitasi (Ledok Tukangan Yogyakarta)

Monumen Sanitasi (Taman Siswa Yogyakarta)

Monumen Sanitasi (Taman Siswa Yogyakarta)

Monumen Sanitasi (Tegal Gendu Kotagede Yogyakarta)

Monumen Sanitasi (Tegal Gendu Kotagede Yogyakarta)

About The Artwork

Monumen Sanitasi

Digital image

Personal hygiene standards during the COVID-19 crisis have become an issue of public health. As Yudha Putera recounts: “In March 2020, the Indonesian government announced the first case of COVID-19 in the country. The local government then obliged businesses to follow health protocols such as providing a place for patrons to wash their hands, while also requiring sellers and buyers to wear masks and maintain a safe distance. There is an old local Javanese custom called padasan, which is to provide water containers in front of houses, so that the owner or visitors can cleanse themselves before entering, a custom which has reappeared now as a response to the pandemic.” He began, last year, to document these makeshift washing vessels or contraptions that were set up in his neighbourhood. He would compile those found at a single location or on a particular street, and digitally create a structure he dubs a “sanitation monument”, or monumen sanitasi. The DIY nature of these monuments, often cobbled together from everyday objects and materials, is testament to the spirit of making-do, a vernacular adaptation to the needs of exigent circumstances and unusual times.

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