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Rumoh Cut Nyak Dhien

English | Indonesia

The second Rumoh Atjeh which has now become a museum, that is made by the Netherlands (they burned the original one), is Rumoh Cut Nyak Dhien. The sturdy house was ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami, and became a place to escape.

Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)

Throughout the search on Google pages as well as the house, no one mentioned the name of Cut Nyak Dhien’s mother. However, when chatting with Mr. Mukim near Indra Purwa Mosque, the name of Nyak Lampageu (mother of Cut Nyak Dhien) who lived not far from there is called. Maybe I will find it later in the pile of writing and reading homework material about her.

Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)
Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)
Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)

I think, after that information, there will be more of it when I am at the Cut Nyak Dhien’s house. For example, seeing the genealogy and various other things about her, the story of her guerrilla’s track record from forest to forest, and so on. But apparently it’s not much; it is just a little information about the CND! But, it’s not that bad …, there is an old authentic well from earlier times, a photo of her grave in Sumedang, and there is a photo of her sitting when she was arrested.

Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)
Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)
Photo: Ferial Afiff (accessed from Instagram @alebutoh)

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FERIAL AFFIF adalah seniman fleksibel yang telah aktif berkarya lebih dari 10 tahun. Saat ini ia berdomisili di Yogyakarta. Pola karyanya tak punya batasan maupun gaya tertentu, secara artistik dia kerap beralih-peran sebagai fasilitator/kurator/penulis/peneliti/produser/dsb. Dia senantiasa penasaran. berhubungan dengan orang lain serta kondisi kehidupan yang menyertainya, terutama tema lingkungan/gender/sejarah. Karyanya sempat hadir di berbagai kota di Indonesia dan negara lain seperti: Singapura,Myanmar, Jepang, Korea Selatan, India, Sri Lanka, Madagaskar, Switzerland, dan sebagainya, Ferial sejak 2012 menjadi anggota Lifepatch, sebuah inisiasi warga dalam seni-sains-teknologi. Sejak 2018 bersama Putri Wartawati, Ridwan Rau Rau, dan Yayasan Lingkar Semanggi (Tangerang) menginisiasi Expedition Camp sebuah forum temu dan berbagi per dua tahunan bagi para praktisi performans se-Asia.

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