Made Juliartha aka ‘Rembo’ is one of the founding members of ‘Punks Reformasi,’ a coalition of punk rock musicians that formed in 2013 as a response to the proposed Benoa Bay reclamation project. Rembo shows his son videos of a rally against reclamation in 2015. The Tolak Reklamasi Arts Festival was the largest demonstration against this reclamation project since its announcement in 2013.
JRX reached fame in Indonesia as the drummer of ‘Superman is Dead,’ a Balinese punk rock band that has been banned from performing on the island due to its involvement in the anti-reclamation movement. In this photo, he stands in front of a green screen during the filming of his upcoming music video with his second band, ‘Devildice.’
Developers have already begun a separate public reclamation project in the Northeastern corner of Benoa Bay.
Members of ‘Punks Reformasi’ prepared their mohawks before a music performance in northeast Denpasar.
An audience member walks away from the mosh pit during a music festival set up by Punks Reformasi, a coalition of punk rock bands fighting against reclamation in Benoa Bay. Written on his shirt are the words “Menolak Reklamasi Teluk Benoa,” which translate to “Reject Reclamation Benoa Bay.”
A member of ‘Punks Reformasi’ crowd surfs at a fundraiser concert for those affected by the recent earthquakes in the neighboring island of Lombok.
Members of punk rock band, ‘Scared of Bums’ sit outside a music studio in Northern Denpasar after a recording session.
This restaurant and bar is a primary home base for members of the anti-reclamation movement.
JRX marches in a demonstration against reclamation in Benoa Bay and holds a banner, which he at times used to hide his face from excited fans.
Thousands march through Renon Square on August 25, 2018, marking the end of the Benoa Bay Reclamation project.
Arta Dwipa aka ‘Gapz’ performs with his band “The Eastbay” at a demonstration against the planned reclamation of Benoa Bay. The band performs their rendition of “Bali Tolak Reklamasi,” the theme song of the movement. Gapz joined the movement in 2013 when the resistance first kicked off and has since used his music to raise public awareness about the project.
A demonstration poster containing Susi Pudjiastuti’s picture next to the words “jangan khianati konservasi” or “do not betray conservation” sits in the back of a pickup truck in Renon Square. As Indonesia’s current Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Pudjiastuti is the primary gatekeeper of the AMDAL (Environment Impact Analysis) which developers need in order to move forward with the project. She is also the owner of a seafood export company called PT ASI Pudjiastuti Marine Product.
Koter is the bass player of punk rock band ‘Racun Timur Menggoda.’ He drives his fishing boat along the coast of Serangan Island, an artificial island at the mouth of Benoa Bay that has destroyed an ecosystem and spoiled a way of life for local fisherman like Koter. To many Balinese people, this island exemplifies the dangers of reclamation. The word “Rockabilly” is tattooed across Koter’s chest.
The length of this beach on the artificial island of Serangan is covered in hundreds of mounds of dead coral, which were destroyed in the creation of the island.
Gapz (right) talks with a group of friends after his band’s performance at a popular rock venue in Canggu.
‘The Hydrant’ perform their anti-reclamation single ‘Hati-hati Aya Proyek’ at Twice Bar, a popular rock and roll venue in Bali’s bustling suburb of Kuta. Twice Bar is a rock-n-roll venue that has become a home base for members of the resistance.
Noval delivers daily offerings at a Hindu shrine in the attic of his music recording studio. He is the drummer of punk rock band, ‘Scared of Bums.’ He wears a shirt from the hardcore punk band ‘Suicidal Tendencies’.
Noval sits on the front stoop of his home with his young niece.
Adi plays the bass in his friends living room. He is the bassist for the Rockabily band, The Hydrant, and has been involved in the anti-reclamation movement since its inception in 2013.
Shynta, the vocalist of the female-led punk rock band, Total Vandal, performs at a charity event for those affected by the recent earthquakes on the neighboring island of Lombok.
Audience members hold up a ForBali anti-reclamation sign during a punk rock concert in Denpasar’s northern district of Kesiman.
Eka Mardiyasa sits along the edge of Benoa Bay. As a visual artist specializing in traditional Balinese designs, Mardiyasa designs album covers, event posters and tattoos for many of the local rock bands. Having grown up in a village along Benoa Bay, Mardiyasa’s motivation to join the movement against reclamation was personal. The Benoa Bay reclamation project directly threatens a way of life for villagers surrounding the bay. Mardiyasa comes from a long line of fisherman in Benoa Bay, a tradition that would be stamped out by this project.
A separate public reclamation project is already underway in Benoa Bay. The bay is home to 70 sacred Hindu sites and 24 temples, all of which are threatened by reclamation.
The famous punk rock band, Superman Is Dead (SID), performs at a demonstration in Renon Square on August 25, 2018, marking the expiry of the location permit to reclaim Benoa Bay. Because SID has been banned from performing in Bali due to their involvement in the anti-reclamation movement, their performances are often a surprise.
On August 25, 2018 a massive demonstration marked the official cancellation of the Benoa Bay Reclamation project. Demonstrators come face-to-face with a police barricade in Renon Square in Denpasar.
Gendo Suardana pounds a drum and sings along with a group of fellow activists following a large demonstration in Denpasar’s political center, Renon Square. Suardana is the founder and coordinator of ForBali, an environmental protection organization made up of environmentalists, activists, artists, musicians, lawyers and others whose primary mission is to stop the reclamation project in Benoa Bay. Through his years fighting for social, political and environmental justice, Suardana has been imprisoned for his activism and receives death threats on a regular basis.
Birds fly over an untouched section of Benoa Bay. Reclamation would have a catastrophic impact on the environment in and around Benoa Bay and its 70 sacred sites.