Indigenous Species

By Khairani Barokka

Indigenous Species

A young girl is abducted and smuggled aboard a boat bound upstream on an Indonesian river, through a landscape scarred by ecological destruction and historical greed. As her captors take her ever deeper into the jungle, her uncertain fate is compounded by the sense of her environment as a place of violence, destruction and jeopardy. But it is also a place from which she herself is indigenous, and if she can root herself back into its landscape and languages, she may yet save herself. 

Indigenous Species – print (sighted)
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Khairani Barokka addresses issues of pollution, consumerism, and habitat destruction with a poet's sensibility, and her frenetic neon artwork, inspired by contemporary glitch artists while also incorporating traditional motifs, aims to overturn our ideas of the jungle as a place of threatening darkness. Indigenous Species is also a bold and necessary experiment in making a sight-impaired-accessible art book: Tilted Axis is producing a separate edition which will feature Braille alongside text for sighted readers, and tactile, embossed imagery. 

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‘Everyone who is interested in art/poetry/politics should be reading and looking at Khairani Barokka’s work.’
— Sophie Collins

Indigenous Species is an oceanic howl in your face. A complex soup of darkness, lushness, pollution, landfills outside Jakarta, palm oil deforestation, resilience and outsiderness… Angry, delicate and deeply touching at once.’
— Bruno Verner

‘A ballad about wounded islands and their people, Indigenous Species reminds me of an old song, the kind our village storytellers used to sing. It has a fairytale quality, setting a dreamlike world alongside the horror of real lives; in other words, it’s like a lullaby, but one that will make you stay awake.’
— Eka Kurniawan, author of Beauty is a Wound


More Information

  • ISBNs: 9781911284048 (print) / 9781911284055 (Braille)
  • Publication date: 1 December 2016
  • Extent: 52pp
  • Format: case-bound hardback (158mm × 206mm)
  • Rights held: World