Arka Project

Yoppy Pieter

Based in Jakarta, Indonesia

 “I am really worries with the safety of the students should this Islamic school still operates, we’re already at constant threat now,” said Shinta Ratri who leads Al-Fatah since 2008. Al-Fatah did not only function as one of the room for Muslim transgender to study Islam, but also as a medium for non muslin transgenderto have a discussion regarding social issue and religious tolerance.



Yoppy Pieter

Yoppy is a visual storyteller  who was born and raised in Jakarta. His father has helped nurture his interest in visual world since he was a kid, and this was a reason behind his decision to use camera when he started his work in a publisher. He learned photography in a workshop held by PannaFoto Institute, before selected as one of the participants of Permata PhotoJournalist Grant (2011), Angkor Photo Workshop (2012),the recipient of Erasmus Huis Fellowship to Amsterdam (2015) and South-East Asia & Oceania 6x6 Global Talent Program by World Press Photo Foundation (2017). In 2016 he published in a book titled Saujana Sumpu.

Client :
DestinAsian Indonesia, Bali & Beyond,UNICEF Indonesia , Document Our History Now, DANONE Indonesia, Monocle, Neue Zürcher Zeitung,

Jakarta International Photo Summit - Indonesia : 2014
Jakarta Biennale – Indonesia : 2015
Photography for Toerance and Diversity – Indonesia : 2017
Mt Rokko International Photo Festival- Japan: 2018


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Indonesia as the most populous Muslim country has a long history of paranoia against Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT). In Yogyakarta, the local government were pressured to close a transgender Islamic school.


Sumpu is a contemporary Minangkabau village at the vicinity of Lake Singkarak in West Sumatera, Indonesia. Since decades ago, the people have migrated from the village and became a part of Indonesia’s urban population leaving it crumbles through the passage of time.


Living in a contradiction between traditional customs and Islamic constitution has led Minangkabau men to establish and thrive in spaces not occupied by women. As an extreme sport that is entirely masculine, Buru Babi is transformed into a medium of identity politics for men to strengthen and assert their masculinity within the domination of the Minangkabau matriarchs


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