Moving Pledges: Art & Action in Southeast Asia

Institute of Contemporary Arts
LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
20 October 2018 - 23 January 2019

Guest curator: Iola Lenzi

FX Harsono is included in Moving Pledges, an exhibition presenting works by Southeast Asian artists who use art as a means to probe social and political power structures. The exhibition comprises participatory and performance art, photography, video and installation. Works employ aesthetics and conceptual frameworks—sometimes borrowed from the state—to prompt discussion about the systems of authority that regulate daily life. Produced over four decades (1977–2018), the works show the artists’ persistent belief in art as a conduit for social and political empowerment. FX Harsono presents his pistol-shaped rice cracker installation (1977), one of the region’s earliest participatory artworks.

Supported by the Cultural Matching Fund, Singapore.

Cover image: Bui Cong Khanh, Stamp on Me, 2004, performance with 2 two stamps—"Yes" and "No", 2 hours, NIPPAF Festival, Japan © Courtesy the artist.