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Sat, Sep 16, 2017 1:00pm –


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Asia Society

After Darkness: Reflecting on Creativity in Times of Conflict

Image: Htein Lin. (Detail) A Show of Hands, 2013–present. Surgical plaster and multimedia installation. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist

Artists FX Harsono and Htein Lin—from Indonesia and Myanmar, respectively—discuss their respective practices and deconstruct the impact that dramatic sociopolitical change had on their creative processes. Moderated by Michelle Yun, exhibition co-curator and Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

As part of the exhibition, Asia Society is presenting A Show of Hands, a multimedia installation by Htein Lin. The artist has invited three past political prisoners based in New York City to have their hands cast by him in our visitor center as part of this ongoing project on Saturday, September 16 from 11:30 p.m.  to 12:30 p.m. Join Asia Society to listen to the testimonies of their experiences as political prisoners as the artist engages them in conversation while casting their hands.​

FX Harsono (b. 1948) is a seminal figure in the Indonesian contemporary art scene. His artistic practice has changed over time to reflect shifting social and cultural contexts. Harsono’s artworks examine the plight of minorities and the socially underprivileged in Indonesia and against the backdrop of the country’s history and political development. 

Htein Lin (b. 1966) is an artist who works in painting, installation, video, and performance, and also is a writer and art critic for a variety of print and online publications. Some of his major artworks draw on his experience as a political prisoner between 1998 and 2004, including 000235 Prison Painting SeriesSoap Blocked, and the multimedia installation A Show of Hands, which is currently on view at Asia Society Museum. He also draws upon the changes that Myanmar is experiencing as it reforms and modernizes. Meditating for several hours a day, Htein Lin also finds major inspiration for his work from Buddhism, the themes, stories, and philosophy of which he incorporates in his art.

In conjunction with the exhibition After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History, on view through January 21, 2018.