The annual Pattimura day in Maluku. It is a ceremonial event in remembrance of Kapitan ["warrior chief"] Pattimura. People in Maluku commemorate the battle on the Island of Saparua in 1817. He led this battle against the Dutch colonial power. Pattimura initiated this battle on the mountain Saniri.
Today this ceremonial event is still surrounded with Adat rituals (costumary law) and Christian/Islamic ceremonies. One of the high status Adat officials on Saparua Island ignites the torches at mountain Saniri to initiate the torch march to Ambon City. The complete schedule is from three o’clock in the afternoon up to five o’clock the next morning. Across several villages a few people are carrying the three torches through their village. Eventually to end the torch march in front of the Pattimura statue in Ambon City. ‘Following the Fire’ is for that reason in a chronological order.
This essay also shows a glimpse into the world of Moluccan Adat. Its surrounded sacredness and the intensity of Adat rituals are reflected in these photographs. These photos are taken with permission; that's why these photos have watermarks.
As maker I try to grasp a feeling in what I contextualize. To photograph life as it unfolds depends on my interpretation, how to capture specific moments carefully for various audiences. Visualizing the experiences and behavior of people, to create a story in their own social settings.
Drawing inspiration from my background: So an intermingled emic perspective often occurs in my work. The subjects are mainly related to Identity, Religion, Cultural Heritage and the Diaspora.
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