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A haunting exhibition at SAM

  • Carla Bianpoen

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 11 2010   /  09:08 am

JP/CARLA BIANPOENSingapore Art Museum, which is displaying for the first time the works of a living Indonesian artist in its main hall, has stretched its limits by using a design expert for the display, making FX Harsono’s solo show one of a kind. FX Harsono is an Indonesian artist of Chinese descent who has played a pivotal role in developing contemporary art in Indonesia and actively resisted authoritarian regimes through most of his artistic oeuvre.Spanning four decades of Harsono’s artistic involvement, the works are a haunting reminder of his struggle against authoritarian repression, discrimination and dramatic emotions. The show also denotes Indonesia’s political history over the last forty years.One of the most gripping works is the Rewriting the Erased installation. When entering the space solely dedicated to the installation, Chinese calligraphy on a black background alre...