Shoot of Dr. Oei in Magelang completes

What a week ! The most memorable parts for me were not only the wacky moments with Dr. Oei and the artists, but the way I was very openly let into his universe as we chat about both enjoyable and difficult topics. The individuals I have specifically requested to speak to on my wish list all turned up — 2 groups flew in while others travelled from neighbouring cities. What was unexpected for me was the depth, honesty and the candour of some of the conversations I have had with his successors, closest friends and artists. I felt I was let in into the circle of trust as I probed, especially on difficult topics. Sweltering heat, stuffy film sets, punishing schedules and endless interviews took its toll midway, but on the last day, a visit by a curatorial team from Europe, organised by Mondriaan Fonds visited the museum, refreshed me. Their curiosity of Asian art reminded me what prompted me to embark on this very ambitious project on my own in the first place. I look forward to telling the story.

Dr. Oei in one of the interview segments, sitting in front of a magnificent painting by Hendra Gunawan, one of the leading modern artists of Indonesia. Copyright © 2012 Patricia Chen. All rights reserved.

OHD poses for a ending shot with crew and Pat. Copyright © 2012 Patricia Chen. All rights reserved.