Photo Exhibition of Papua

12 Februar, 2011

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Flag Museum in Budapest, on 8 December 2010, the Flag Museum and the Embassy held a photo exhibition with the theme of everyday life and natural beauty of Baliem people, in Papua, Indonesia.


The photo exhibition is the work of Peter Kircshner, a Hungarian citizen who visited Papua and fell in love with the beauty and hospitality of the people of Papua, especially of those living in Baliem areas. The exhibition takes the theme of “Introduction of the Papua Province".

Ambassador Maruli Tua Sagala has had the honor to inaugurate and open the said photo exhibition. On that occasion, the Ambassador gave a brief description of Indonesia concerning its ethnic groups and its culture, including its tradition to live in unity with the spirit of Bhineka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) which highly values tolerance, mutual respect and understanding.

Geographically, Indonesia is an archipelago consisting of more than 17,000 islands along the equator, lies between Asia and Australia and is located between the Pacific and Indian oceans. Papua is an island at the eastern tip of Indonesia that still has tropical forests rich with flora, fauna and natural resources. Papuan culture, one of many ethnic groups in Indonesia, has always been considered to be a very interesting culture to explore for scientists, artists and painters and cinematographers. Papua is highly appreciated for its beauty, originality and uniqueness of its culture. One of the destinations that become the main destination for tourists is the "Raja Ampat" area.

 Peter Kirschner, the photographer explained how he was very interested in Papua as he visited the valley Baliem and found a unique way of life that can not be found anywhere so far, especially for the hospitality of the people Baliem. It is then that encourage him to keep the memorable memories in the form of pictures. With these pictures, Kirschner is asking its audience to visit Papua and witnessed first hand the beauty of nature and culture of the province.

Meanwhile, Laszlo Balogh, the owner of the museum appreciates the support given by the Embassy at the said photo exhibition, including the performance of two dances and Indonesian traditional cakes.



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