The Banda Journal.  Photographs by Muhammad Fadli. Text by Fatris MF.
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The Banda Journal.

Photographs by Muhammad Fadli. Text by Fatris MF.
Jordan Jordan Edition, 2021. In English/Indonesian. 240 pp., 6½x9½".

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2021 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook of the Year.

The Banda Journal highlights the legacy of centuries-long colonization and exploitation in the remote Indonesian Banda Islands. An archipelago comprises of twelve small islands surrounded by a vast sea, Banda was the setting of some earliest European ventures in Asia and played a key role in global economic history. It is because Banda was once the world's only source of the highly prized nutmeg, an aromatic spice that functioned as a preservative and was believed as a cure for various illnesses in the Middle Ages. The race for the valuable spices sent the Portuguese navigating the Cape of Good Hope, led Christopher Columbus' discovery of America, and saw the birth of the world's first multinational trading company: the Dutch East India Company. In Banda, like in many other places, the spice race resulted only in the islanders’ misery. And these days, the Banda Islands are nothing more than just a backwater.

From 2014 to 2017, photographer Muhammad Fadli and writer Fatris MF documented stories from the Banda Islands through repeated visits and stays. The result is a book filled with photographs combined with writing, hoping to give an insightful view from various facets of life on the islands, its past and its present state.

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