Vembri Waluyas (Indonesia-Jayapura)
Vembri Waluyas is a freelance photographer and visual storyteller, born in Sumatra, grew up in Yogyakarta and since 2015 has decided to settle in Papua. Vembri is fascinated by the issues of workers, exploitation of natural resources, and the neglected development of the Papuan society.
One of his personal projects “Puzzle of Violence” portrayed how the local society is experiencing economic difficulties in 42 districts in Papua. In this project, he highlighted the complexity of the issue regarding discrimination against Papuan workers on their own land, natural exploitation by seizing land belonging to indigenous peoples, and various other social problems that the general Indonesian population may have never heard of. Vembri has participated in several exhibitions including: 6×6 Exhibition to travel in Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq (2020), 2020, The 12th Yangon Photo Festival, Myanmar (2020), Indonesian Culinary, Goethe Institut, Indonesia (2019).