Tagged: Perttu Saska

Photography by Perttu Saska
LOCALS / June 2014

THE STREET “DOLL” APES OF JAKARTA

Photography by Perttu Saska
Text by Dora Moutot

On the first glance, it kind of looks cute. On the second glance, it looks troubling. Study it a third time, and it becomes plain disturbing and a feeling of empathy takes over us.

Between 2009 and 2013, numerous little monkeys dressed in baby clothes and masks with doll heads haunted the streets of Jakarta. Dressed up, chained and held captive by a begging trainer, these monkeys would dance and perform tricks in street corners and at the crossroads of the city centre, before stretching out their hand to the passer-bys in a bid to collect a few coins.

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