SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art From Southeast Asia 1980s to Now
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts Galleries 101-105, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Until 1 September 2019
FX Harsono is part of SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan. The exhibition focusses on the most striking contemporary art in Southeast Asia, co-organised by the Mori Art Museum, Japan. Since the 1980s, the development of contemporary art in respective countries has reflected the changes and complexities of ethical, political, economics, cultural and historical issues of the region.
The 'sunshower' in the title refers to a meteorological phenomenon often seen in Southeast Asia, while serving as a poetic metaphor for its complex, torturous history and the vicissitudes of the region. The post-WWII decolonization throughout the world led the countries in the region to democratization and internationalization. They have undergone periods of colonization, of autocratic or military dictatorship, of economic growth and collapses. Despite the tumultuous past, the rapid economic and urban development in more recent years came truly drastic changes.