Koos Breukel & Roy Villevoye - Tí
12 April - 19 June 2013
The Asmat in the Indonesian part of New Guinea (previously Dutch
New Guinea) is a largely impassable mangrove swamp, roughly the
same size as The Netherlands. The native inhabitants still live
here, isolated from the rest of the world. Visual artist Roy
Villevoye and photographer Koos Breukel visited the small hamlet of
Tí together at the end of 2011. This small village is situated on
the upper reaches of the Unir river in the northeastern part of the
Asmat. Tí can be reached by sailing for three days upriver from the
central small sea harbour Agats using a motorised canoe. The people
of Tí have been living in the tropical rain forest completely
isolated from the rest of the world for generations. However,
Indonesia is encouraging the commercial exploitation of the area.
For the time being Tí seems to remain unaffected by the economic
changes taking place.
about the exhibition.