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Timoteus Kusno

Artraker Biennial Awards 2017

CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: INDONESIA

This work is a site-specific installation which produced in 2015 as the part of “Liminal” project, organized by Cemeti Art House. In this work, I intervened Cemeti by making a special bureau for “Alternative History Research”. There I staged an initiative (fictional) project of borrowing an ancient artifact from the British Museum, which comprises the comprehensive studies of a monument  “stolen” by Sir Stamford Raffles (former general governor in Dutch East Indies in early 19th century). It is stated that this artifact signifies the reoccurrence of mass-murder incidents in Java along the history. 

 

As presented in my work, due to local administrative procedures, the artifact was banned for public display. To resolve this, Cemeti used their rarely-opened study room to exhibit the artifacts to a "limited" public audience. People can access this room and experience the "un-opened" cargo box, together with the representations of the artifact, as well as the study materials. In the representations of the artifacts, I created fictional narratives by twisting the unwritten history on several massacres (from the collected oral history; testimonies from survivals, witnesses, and the doer) as well as the "mysterious" murders under Suharto's authoritarian regime, that never made its way into reconciliation and formal history until today—nearly 20 years after the fall of the regime. Through this project, I wanted to record the “rejected” memories in an alternative way, as well as to challenge the “mystified” history that has been ‘taken for granted’ in my generation by brought it in to this liminality.

 

 

 

 

 

Timoteus Kusno

Anatomy of the (Lost) Memory

Site specific installation

 

 

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/ ARTRAKER BIENNIAL AWARD

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