“We were forced to pray. Girls and boys sitting close together were shot at. My jewelry was forcibly removed.” said Puang Nika, a woman who experienced the DI/TII (Darul Islam/Islamic Armed Forces of Indonesia) period. An era were Islamist group that fought for the establishment of an Islamic state in Indonesia. This guerrilla group is called “Gorilla” by Puang Nika and the local people in Solo’ Village, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

She has many memories with Gorilla. She often shares these stories with her grandchildren. As stories are passed down, so are wounds and traumas.


These photos are part of “Gorilla: Pecahan Tanah Penuh Luka”, Performance Lecture by Rachmat Hidayat Mustamin. From the EPHEMERA program of IVAA (Indonesian Visual Art Archive).