The Danarto I knew

Works in Translation


Seno Gumira Ajidarma, translated by Andy Fuller
Published Jul 19, 2018

Originally published in Jawa Pos, Apr 15, 2018 as Danarto yang Saya Kenal.


He was smiling over there: Danarto. It was 1978. He greeted me first. I had been watching him since I came out of a class in the Cinematography Department at the Lembaga Pendidikan Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Arts Institute) at Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM). Danarto was a lecturer in the Fine Arts Department.

‘What kind of drawing do you want?’ He said.

I had asked him for a drawing for my book of poems.

‘Some of those black, geometric drawings, please.’

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