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Imperfect Frame is a photographic vision and project created in 2017 that aims to explore world's largest archipelago Indonesia in order to pay tribute to the country's people. It involves French photographer Marius Moragues in a decade-long journey throughout Indonesia by motorbike with the following estimated timeline:
- Java (2017-2020);
- Bali (2021-2023);
- Nusa Tenggara (2024);
- Kalimantan (2025-2026);
- Sumatra (2026-2027);
- Sulawesi (2028);
- Maluku (2029);
- Papua (2030)
Marius at the beginning of his project, talking to an old lady, a plastic bottle recycler, in one of Jakarta's markets
Supported by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia, the photographic vision takes an interest in the world and its representation from ethnological and philosophical aspects.
The main mission aims to preserve the archipelago’s ethnic cultures with a special emphasis on its people and stories in order to question the foundations of our modern world and see it from a different framework.
It is through inspiring encounters and travelogues that makes Imperfect Frame stand out from any other photo projects. It wants to bring to light the people left behind our society in order to inspire a world too conditioned by technology and blinded by quantitativism.
Ninih Idik, from the Baduy tribe, the oldest female model that Marius met. Believed to be 120 years old.
Although highly visual, the project's final purpose wants to go beyond its primary visual aspiration and deeply intends to spark positive changes in the life of others. Imperfect Frame strives to turn people's imperfections into strength and inspiration, and ordinary into extraordinary.
Marius meeting with a shy woman from the Tengger tribe, in the one of the villages set in the highlands of Bromo area.
Taking a different outlook on the notion of aesthetics, the project opens a new window to the outside world, illuminating it with the light of an inner world to show that everyone is beautiful in their own way.
Marius with Muarti, a 5-year-old girl from the Baduy tribe, taken in front of her home.
By capturing smiles and laughter, the project embodies this philosophy, showing that happiness is not about our conditions but decisions and challenges the idea that its dimension is often merely a state of mind.
Marius giving to his model, Mak Jasiyah, her printed photograph.
Marius in company with his most famous model, Mbah Warsinah, offering her a ride back home after she had just finished her work in the rice fields.
In the end, what if the values of our civilization were found among the people living in the most remote corners of our globe?
What if the fragments of a forgotten truth were discovered among the people living with disconcerting simplicity?
And what if those who deliberately carried the most imperfections in the face of our fast-paced, materialistic society were actually those who inspired us in the most profound and meaningful way?