FX Harsono

Born 1949 in Blitar, East-Java, Indonesia
Lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia

FX Harsono is a seminal figure in the Indonesian contemporary art scene. Since his student days he has been an active critic of Indonesian politics, society and culture, always updating his artistic language to the current new social and cultural contexts. Harsono’s own biography and family history are often the basis of his art, pointing at the disconcerting situation of minorities, the socially underprivileged against the backdrop of Indonesia’s own history and political development. This intersection of the personal and the political is particularly evident in his most recent works.
Furthermore, his oeuvre can be seen as a constant questioning and reflection of his own position as an artist within society. He deconstructs the concept of the self portrait, interrogating the conventions of portraiture by deliberately obscuring one of the major components of a portrait, the face.

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FX Harsono studied painting at STSRI "ASRI", Yogyakarta (Indonesia) from 1969-74 and at IKJ (Jakarta Art Institute) from 1987-91. Since 2005 he is lecturer at the Faculty of Art and Design, Pelita Harapan University, Tangerang (West Java). Harsono is also an active art critic, regularly writing about social questions and the development of contemporary art.

Recent solo exhibitions include "What we have here perceived as truth/we shall some day encounter as beauty" at the Jogja National Museum, Jogja, Indonesia (2013), "Writing In The Rain" at Tyler Rollins, New York, USA (2012), "Testimonies" at the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2010), and "The Erased Time" at the National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta (2009).
Recent group exhibitions include "Quota 2013" at the Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, "Outspoken" at the Biasa Art Space, Bali, Indonesia and "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back — Us and Institution, Us as Institution" at the Times Museum, Guangzhou, China (all three 2013).

He participated in the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (2016), at the Fourth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia (2011) and in the exhibitions "Edge of Elsewhere" at 4A, Sydney, Australia (2011 and 2012), "Recent Art From Indonesia: Contemporary Art-Turn" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (2010), "Beyond The Dutch" at the Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands (2009) and "Highlight" at the ISI, Jogya National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2008).


EXHIBTION:
"ASIA: LOOKING SOUTH"
10 September - 27 October 2011
Group exhibtion at ARNDT Berlin
CATALOGUE AVAILABLE ONLINE

FX Harsono, Ranjang Hujan (The Raining Bed), 2013, Wooden bed, stainless steel, pump machine, water, ceramics, fabric and Light Emitting Diode (LED) running text, 200 x 250 x 200 cm | 78.74 x 98.43 x 78.74 in, # HARS0028 FX Harsono, Ranjang Hujan (The Raining Bed), 2013, Wooden bed, stainless steel, pump machine, water, ceramics, fabric and Light Emitting Diode (LED) running text, 200 x 250 x 200 cm | 78.74 x 98.43 x 78.74 in, # HARS0028

Exhibitions

"Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013 | Click on image to see more "Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013 | Click on image to see more
"Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013 "Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013
"Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013 "Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013
"Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013 "Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013
"Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013 "Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013
"Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013 "Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013
"Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013 "Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013
"Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013 "Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013
"Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013 "Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013
"Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013 "Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013
"Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013 "Sip! Indonesian Art Today" - Exhibition View at ARNDT Berlin, April - June 2013

SIP! INDONESIAN ART TODAY / SENI RUPA INDONESIA KINI

The past three generations of Indonesian Contemporary Art

Group show by ARNDT Berlin

27 April to 01 June 2013
Tue – Sat, 11am – 6pm

Please click here to watch a video of the "Sip! Indonesian Art Today" show in Berlin.

The exhibition "Sip! Indonesian Art Today" and the accompanying publication results from ARNDT’s recent focus on Southeast Asian art and the new Asian and Pacific art markets. Over the past four years Matthias Arndt has worked in Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia. His research, the past shows of Southeast Asian artists and the opening of ARNDT Singapore, the Asian showroom and office of ARNDT, makes Matthias Arndt one of the leading experts for contemporary Indonesian and Southeast Asian Art in Germany and Europe.

The exhibition "Sip! Indonesian Art Today", curated by Enin Supriyanto, is the 10th show dedicated to Southeast Asian art ARNDT is hosting in Singapore, Australia, Great Britain and Berlin. The 150 page publication "Sip! Indonesian Art Today" edited by Matthias Arndt and published at DISTANZ Verlag (ISBN 978-3-95476-007-7) is available in all bookstores.

The public talk "The last three decades of artistic production in Indonesia: 25 years of Cemeti Art House and the status of curating. with Enin Supriyanto (curator) and Mella Jaarsma (artist), moderated by Katerina Valdivia Bruch (curator / critic) will take place at ARNDT Berlin on 27 April 2013 at 4 pm.


The exhibition presents over 40 works from all artistic mediums, painting, sculpture, installation, photography and film, by 16 contemporary artists from Indonesia. They belong to a larger community of artists who are actively shaping Indonesia’s dynamic developing contemporary art scene. If we consider their age and career development, the artists here represent 3 generations of contemporary art practice dating back from the late 1970s: beginning first with FX Harsono, one of the proponents of the Indonesian New Art Movement (Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru) founded in 1975 followed by a group of artists who emerged at a time when Indonesia was undergoing major socio-political transformations in its strive towards democracy during the late 1990s (Agung Kurniawan, Agus Suwage, Mella Jaarsma), the post-Reformasi (Reformation) generation of artists (Christine Ay Tjoe, Entang Wiharso, Rudi Mantofani, Handiwirman Saputra, Eko Nugroho, Syagini Ratna Wulan and Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo), and finally a generation of artists who have been active in the past decade, sophisticated operators of their own careers in a more or less stable and democratic Indonesia (Wedhar Riyadi, J. Ariadithya Pramuhendra, Wiyoga Muhardanto, Indieguerillas and Tromarama).

The generational differences do not only represent differing socio-political experiences in connection with the development of Indonesia’s society in the past three decades but also illustrates the differing socio-political contexts of the artists observations and artistic approaches that have changed and altered over the years.

The word “Sip” in Bahasa Indonesia may be a simple and modest one but it is full of meaning. While the origin of this word is unknown, it is a word that is used by nearly everyone every day. “Sip” is the briefest way to state that something – whether an art work, an event, an experience or anything – is good, of good quality, super or outstanding even. Like this word, and like the process of our ongoing global culture, we do not question the origin of an idea, but we consider how this idea can continue to grow and contribute to the interaction and civilization of the world. In a way, we can say that ‘Sip’ has no such thing as exotic cultural background, neither stereotypical cultural baggage. Whatever the case, the meaning is clear: good, great, outstanding.

FX Harsono | Mella Jaarsma | Agung Kurniawan | Agus Suwage
Wedhar Riyadi | Christine Ay Tjoe | Eko Nugroho | Entang Wiharso
Handiwirman Saputra | Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo | Syagini Ratna Wulan | Rudi Mantofani
J. Ariadhitya Pramuhendra | Wiyoga Muhardanto | Indieguerrilas | Tromarama

For more information and images, please contact info@arndtberlin.com or +49 30 206 13870.

Please click here to download the press release as PDF file (English)

Please click here to download the press release as PDF file (German)
 

FX Harsono | Gazing on Identity | 28 October - 17 December 2016  FX Harsono | Gazing on Identity | 28 October - 17 December 2016
FX Harsono, Gazing on Collective Memory (detail), 2016, Books, ceramic bowls, 3D digital print, frames, and photographs, 80 x 190 x 270 cm, HARS0036 FX Harsono, Gazing on Collective Memory (detail), 2016, Books, ceramic bowls, 3D digital print, frames, and photographs, 80 x 190 x 270 cm, HARS0036

FX HARSONO: GAZING ON IDENTITY
Solo Exhibition

29 October - 17 December 2016

Opening | Friday | 28 October, 6 - 9 pm | ARNDT Fine Art at Gillman Barracks (Block 47, #01-25)

"‘Man as an individual has the freedom to decide their own will’ is a meaningless quote. When one is declared to be valid as a citizen the freedom changed.

For the Chinese, although they were born in Indonesia, they are still considered as migrant. Apart from Indonesian Citizenship certificate, they must also have other documents, where this regulation is not applied to ‘real’ Indonesians.

The dichotomy of real-migrant, free-bonded, is presented in this work. The facial expressions, poses, interaction in the family that seems to be free and happy on one side; and on the other side facing legal-formal issues that specifically only applies to them. The point is, the law becomes discriminative if it applies only to suppress a community group."

From time to time, the slip of paper featuring passport photos and personal details, usually referred to as an ‘identity card’ (kartu identitas), becomes a subject of national debate in Indonesia. During the New Order (1966-1998), citizenship cards belonging to former political prisoners were stampled with a special ‘KTP’ (kartu tanda penduduk) code, as were those belonging to ethnic Chinese. As the regime changed and a new era began, special codes were dropped in favour of the electronic KTP - plastic cards that were programmed by the Department of Internal Affairs at the beginning of the 2010s. This attracted no less controversy, beginning with the prohibition of photocopying the cards, the erasure of the ‘religion’ column, claims of interference from foreign intelligence agencies, and an overall lack of transparency in the tender process. Blitar-born artist FX Harsono has not been left behind in these controversies over the Indonesian identity card, particularly in relation to his Chinese Indonesian identity.

'Undisclosed Identity' presents monochrome photos of Indonesians of Chinese descent in light boxes on a table and attached to a wall. The central piece of this exhibition seeks to challenge racist and discriminatory rules as a legacy of colonialism that remains in effect up to the present. The installation is placed in a dim room, seemingly intended to affirm the gloomy condition of Indonesians of Chinese ancestry today. Harsono’s oeuvre can be seen as a constant questioning and reflection of his position as an artist within society. He deconstructs the concept of the self portrait, interrogating conventions of portraiture by deliberately obscuring one of the major components of a portrait, the face.

FX Harsono is a seminal figure in the Indonesian contemporary art scene. Since his student days he has been an active critic of Indonesian politics, society and culture, always updating his artistic language to the current new social and cultural contexts. Harsono’s own biography and family history are often the basis of his art, pointing at the disconcerting situation of minorities, the socially underprivileged against the backdrop of Indonesia’s own history and political development.