Aga kareba! (In the Buginese language that means “How are you!”)
I was born in Bone, one of the city districts in South Sulawesi-Indonesia. Indonesia is a large country consisting of 17,000 islands. The five major islands are Sumatra, Kalimantan, Java, Sulawesi and Papua, and also there is the island of Bali, known as a paradise of the world. In Indonesia, there are 300 ethnic languages and many traditional cultures. I grew up in the Bugis culture (Buginese). The Buginese tribe inhabits the peninsula of southern Sulawesi; they are a tribe of merchants and sailors who are very famous in the archipelago. The Buginese sailed to Australia in Darwin looking for sea cucumbers, and they also sailed to Madagascar in Africa with a boat called Phinisi and also Paddewakkang. The Buginese have an ancient alphabet that is named Lontarak Bugis. The Buginese have ancient writings including the longest epic in the World (longer than the Mahabharata manuscript) The manuscript’s name is Sureq I La Galigo. I will come to stay in Cheng Long to work together with the community and children in making a presentation called “Spiral Cheng Long.” My installation work of “Spiral Cheng Long” is a nautical spirit of beach and marine life for human beings.
Tabeq！(Tabeq is a Buginese greeting to people with high respect).
Aga kareba! （這是印尼布吉語，意思是「你好嗎?」）