Discussion Ngopi.7 – Bandung, Flower City?

Ngopi.7 – Bandung, Flower City? © Zyfra Hatikva

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Open discussion sessions in an unconference-style

"Bandung Kota Kembang" - the name suffix "Flower City" is closely associated with the identity of Bandung as a green and pleasant city. At the same time, the title "Flower City" can also be traced back to colonial times and is to be understood as an objectifying comparison between women and flowers. What does the concealment of the origin of the name suffix mean for dealing with gender issues and discrimination in urban space? In Ngopi.7, presenters Vincent Rumahloine and Gian Ergiansyah, along with guests Ayu Oktriani of the Indonesian Positive Women's Association and Ressa, a member of the Samahita Initiative, open a space to discuss the state of gender equality in Bandung. In their impulses, Ayu and Ressa focus on the relevance of equality for a more equitable city, as well as the challenges of gender-based violence among youth in Bandung.
In relation to preventing the spread of Covid-19, Ngopi.7 will be implemented virtually through Zoom.


The bi-monthly Ngopi series is part of Rubicon, a cultural initiative by the Goethe-Institut Bandung, Institut Français d’Indonési Bandung and Rakarsa Foundation that unfolds throughout the whole year of 2021. Ngopi seeks to further explore the collaborative experiences of local artistic/creative/activist actors in their creative process as well as challenges, obstacles and potentials of working collectively on current issues in the city of Bandung. Consisting of nine open discussion sessions in an unconference-style, each Ngopi presents discussion triggers – inputs by local experts and practitioners – which result in an open discussion and fluid conversation with the audience-participants. The Ngopi series will emphasize three main topics: collective identity and diversity, environment and sustainability, and social justice and empowerment in our shared urban space. With these informal yet in-depth conversations we seek to build the ground for the next stages of the overall project. 
Rubicon is produced in partnership with Rakarsa Foundation, the Goethe-Institut Bandung and the Institut Français d’Indonésie IFI Bandung, and supported by the German-Franco Cultural Fund. The project consists of a series of unconferences, a hackathon, and a final exhibition in December 2021.

Vincent Rumahloine, artist, lecturer, founder of the Contemporary Art Studio, and Chairman of the Rakarsa Foundation. Graduated from FSRD Intitut Teknologi Bandung then worked and worked with the community to build a "safe space" for all people from various backgrounds. Currently taking a master's degree in Anthropology at Padjadjaran University.
Gian Ergiansyah / Gabriel Born, raised and lives in Bandung. Anthropological researcher who has an interest in environmental, urban and artistic issues. He is active in river activities by establishing Sakola Cikapundung and joining forces with Studio Batur, an art studio in the Dago Pakar area.
Ayu Oktriani is a woman who has lived with HIV for 12 years. She is active in campaigning for HIV and prevention of violence against women with the Indonesian Positive Women's Association (IPPI) as the National coordinator. The Indonesian Positive Women's Association is the national network for women infected with HIV and affected by HIV in Indonesia.
Ressa Ria Lestari is an anthropologist with an interest in gender issues. In 2015, she established the “Samahita” community which focuses on gender-based violence. She is also a counselor for victims of gender based violence.