Ersal Umammit (Indonesia-Ambon)
Ersal Umamit (born 1993 in Ambon) works as a photographer and is known to be active with Ombak Banda. He is interested in capturing events around Maluku, from culture, nature, to people’s lives. Apart from being an individual artist, he is also active in Paparisa Ambon Bergerak and Ombak Banda. Generally, he is interested in working to investigate historical narratives related to the history of Cosmo-politics and the post-colonial situation in Maluku and its surrounding area.
In one of his latest series of photos, “Apa Kabar Banda Neira Hari Ini” (“How is Banda Neira Today”), he brought up the Banda massacre tragedy of some 400 years ago with today’s reality. Ersal feels that the reality has not truly moved away and is still intertwined with the problem of exploitation of spices, nutmeg plantations, and the practice of middlemen that is still happening and harming the society of Banda.