A solo show by FX Harsono
Curated by Hendro Wiyanto
Jogja National Museum
Jl. Prof. Ki Amri Yahya 1
Monday, July 1, 7.30 PM
July 1 – 22, 2013
Open daily 10 AM – 9 PM
High tea and guided tour by Hendro Wiyanto
Saturday, July 6, 4.30 PM
Guided tour by Grace Samboh
Friday, July 12, 4.30 PM
Artist talk and guided tour by FX Harsono
Saturday, July 20, 4.30 PM
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what we have here perceived as truth
we shall encounter some day as beauty*
FX Harsono (Blitar, East Java, Indonesia, 1949) is an artist who is interested in how grand discourses are written. To him, the opportunity to sow “other” narratives of history became more open after 1998, the year that marked the sea-change in the social and political conditions of Indonesia. For Harsono that moment of change also marked the advent of a “spring time of creations” of his own.
Art observers in Indonesia today understand that one of the more significant contexts that serve as the creative basis for Harsono after 1998 has been his solemn attention to the small stories outside the “national history” that is perceived as the true and grand history. Such stories find their roots in the biographical narrative, the “original” name, the origin and personal narratives of his family, as well as his personal experience as a Chinese descendant living in the Indonesian society.
Harsono’s heightened sensitivity as an artist engaged with social-political discourses moves him further, bringing him to the awareness about the importance of the “truth of the chronicle” of an event; namely the what, when, who and whereabouts of the mostly-nameless victims (Taufik Abdullah; 1997).
The project continued as if they, the victims, had trapped him into a tunnel with a promise of light at its end. In this exhibition, Harsono shows us his “activism”, how he went on a pilgrimage to visit the victims and with great curiosity traced the stories or the pathways of chaos around the time of the second arrival of the Dutch, 1947 – 1948. He discovered many names, resource persons, locations and meanings of the event through conversations with the family of the victims, the living witnesses and historians, alongside his visits to the silent graves, in a number of small towns in Central and East Java.
*) The title of this show is a reversal of Schiller’s statement (1978-1805), “What we have here perceived as beauty, we shall some day encounter as truth.”