“RETRONESIA: Indonesia’s High Style Rediscovered” by Tariq Khalil


Afterhours Books announces “RETRONESIA: Indonesia’s High Style Rediscovered” by Tariq Khalil

At the Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 in October 2015 where Indonesia is this year’s Guest of Honor country, Afterhours Books is proud to announce “RETRONESIA: Indonesia’s High Style Rediscovered” by Tariq Khalil. Retronesia: Indonesia’s High Style Rediscovered is at first glance a coffee table book about Indonesia’s disappearing architecture from the 1950s and 1960s. Yet it quickly turns out to be a lot more than that as you are taken on an incredible history where politics, architecture and optimism all intertwine. What results is an intimate style atlas of Indonesia that doggedly rediscovers the tangible remnants of the optimism of an era and the architectural risk taking it unleashed following the birth of a new nation.

From the tip of Sumatra in the west to Papua in the east, the writer tracks down architectural high points crafted during this shaky yet confident post-independence era. Over six years, armed with lenses and a smile, the author cajoled strangers to let him beyond their gates and into forgotten perimeters. One door at a time, photographs and fragmented oral histories were collected to piece together the lives and times of dreamers, mavericks and institutions who created, owned or acquired these marvellous oddities.

A source guide for hipsters, a reference book for academics, and a manual for a new generation of heritage activists, Retronesia is an uplifting work – a must have for readers interested in all things Indonesian.

About Tariq Khalil:
Tariq Khalil’s photographs on buildings have been exhibited in Dubai, Pakistan, Greece and across the UK. Depot Daylight, his first solo exhibition in London in 2005, was a monochromatic study of railway buildings scattered across the UK. Tariq then embarked on a two-year journey to document Places Were Home, a visual study of the fate of abandoned properties on both sides of the India-Pakistan border. An original work, Places traced the fate of some winners and losers in the vast land swap following independence. Places was first exhibited as a solo show at Asia House London in 2007 then became part of an international group show with noted artists under Green Cardamom’s Lines of Control between 2008 and 2009. Retronesia was first exhibited as a solo work-in-progress at the Jakarta Architecture Trienniale in 2012 and after some six years in the making, is Tariq’s most ambitious project to date. www.tariqkhalil.com

Book Specifications:
Format Size: 21.5 x 31 cm (Portrait)
Pages: 208 in full color
Language: English
Photos: 250
Hardcover, Tipped-in Photos, Foil stamping
Retail Price: IDR 880,000 (International: USD 66)
Weight: 2 kg
Buy here: http://goo.gl/hzeL0H

About Afterhours Books
Afterhours Books is Indonesia’s international award-winning premium book publisher for art, culture and lifestyle. We produce and publish attractive, lavishly-designed and well-written illustrated books in English using fine-quality materials—aiming to enrich your perspective and artistic lifestyle.

For further information, please contact:
Lans Brahmantyo
+62 8118 007 007

October 6, 2015