Participant

FX Harsono

FX Harsono lahir pada tahun 1949. Ia belajar melukis dan selama bagian awal karirnya bekerja sebagai desainer grafis di Jakarta untuk menghidupi keluarganya.

Selama tahun 1970 ia adalah anggota pendiri Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru dan gerakan Desember Hitam . Ini adalah iterasi pertama dari adegan seni kontemporer yang dinamis yang memeluk kinerja dan instalasi serta media yang lebih tradisional, dan mendorong kritik politik yang keras pada saat mengekspresikan perbedaan pendapat menjadi semakin berbahaya.

Di era pasca-Reformasi, setelah jatuhnya pemerintahan Soeharto, karya Harsono menjadi lebih mengacu pada diri sendiri. Dia telah terlibat dalam proyek penelitian sosial, bekerja langsung dengan komunitas Tionghoa-Indonesia, mendokumentasikan cerita mereka di film.

FX Harsono was born in 1949, just as the independence of the Indonesian nation was being established. He studied painting and during the early part of his career worked as a graphic designer in Jakarta to support his family.

During 1970s he was a founding member of Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru (New Art Movement) and the Desember Hitam (Black December) movement. These were the first iterations of a vibrant contemporary art scene that embraced performance and installation as well as more traditional mediums, and encouraged strident political criticism at a time when expressing dissent became increasingly dangerous.

In the post-Reformasi era, after the fall of the Soeharto government, Harsono’s work has become more self-referential. He has engaged in a social research project, working directly with the Chinese-Indonesian community of his ancestry, documenting their stories on film.


FX Harsono’s video work ‘Writing in the Rain’ in NY Times Square, which is also on view in ‘After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History’.