FX Harsono Indonesia, b. 1949

FX Harsono - (b.1949, Blitar) is a seminal figure in the Indonesian contemporary art scene with a career spanning four decades. He co-founded Indonesia’s Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru (New Art Movement) in 1975, with a group of young artists who believed in engaging with social and political issues, through an emphasis on experimental and conceptual approaches that incorporates everyday materials. Since his student days, he has been an active critic of Indonesian politics, society, and culture, consistently refining his artistic language to the contemporary 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.