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Jakarta Post

Historical revelations

  • Carla Bianpoen


Jakarta   /   Thu, November 5 2009   /  09:23 am

Memory of a Name: FX Harsono conveys the process of losing one’s Chinese identity in a sequence of five self-portraits accompanied by Chinese characters that become scarcer until they totally disappear in the last portrait. JP / Carla BianpoenTo have been denied his original name is still a painful memory for FX Harsono, a Chinese Indonesian who faced severe discrimination because of his Chinese roots.  While reminiscing and searching for his identity, he unearthed detailed data on the mass murders of Chinese people between 1946 and 1948.The 10th solo exhibition by FX Harsono titled “The Erased Time”, now on show at the National Gallery in Jakarta, may at first confuse those unfamiliar with the history of minority groups like the Chinese, who were forced to change their Chinese names, denied the right to write in Chinese and carry out anything  to do with Chinese culture...