When we were hit by the Covid-19 in the month of Ramadan, my friends and I initiated to create a drama series in a local language, which was started from a mere friendship networking that now became a collective. We hope that it can be an option for entertainment during self- quarantine.
Along with four artist friends of mine who live outside Palu City, I initiated an online meeting (live streaming via Instagram) for our drawing project and storytelling, I gave it a title as Daring Drawing.
At the beginning of March when I was in Makassar, I joined a deep language training organized by LPDP for three months, March-June. It had been exactly two weeks when I had face-to-face learning and the news about Covid-19 arose and got worse.
In the beginning of March, Yogyakarta set a state of emergency. Practically, there was not much we could do outside the house. At that time, my collective, Gegerboyo, was finishing a project titled “International Mural by Mail” which was one of the projects from a gallery in Portland, Oregon, United States of America.
During this pandemic situation, I spent a lot of time in my studio which also functioned as my home. I made a piece of clay with a scratching technique using a sharp thing.
During this pandemic, my family and I just stay at home. At the beginning of April, we started to feel afraid of what appeared on the news about the Covid-19 and it got worse when the number of infected people increased.
As we know that the Covid-19 arose and hit the fundamentals of human life. It is not only about psychological terror but also economics. Also, there must be more things affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. For instance, educational space has to be shutted down, many art agendas must be postponed. That was all that the government tried in order to break the cycle of the spread of the Covid-19.
Amantubillah Palace was once led by a king named Opu Daeng Menambon who came from the Luwu Sultanate, Bugis, South Sulawesi. He also played an important role in the spread of Islam in Mempawah. Visiting his tomb is one of the main agenda at the Robo-Robo festival.
From our chat on how to hunt for flying fish eggs, to sacred places in the sea that often take victims. Motangga becomes a tradition here, usually in the fifth to eighth months of the east wind.
His name is Mr. Quraisy, a pande lopi (‘boatman’) as well as sando lopi (‘boat shaman’). What distinguishes the boat here in Mandar from the others is the treatment. A boat is not just an inanimate object, it also has a soul.