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Title

Writing in the rain

2011

Artist

FX Harsono

Indonesia

1949 –

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  • Details

    Date
    2011
    Media categories
    Time-based art , Installation
    Materials used
    single-channel video, sound, 3 wooden desks with 24 inch TV monitors, 3 chairs
    Edition
    2/3
    Dimensions
    display dimensions variable
    Credit
    Gift of Brian and Gene Sherman 2021. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    46.2021.a-f
    Copyright
    © FX Harsono
    Artist information
    FX Harsono

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  • About

    A name is a very personal form of identity. FX Harsono was given a Chinese name, Oh Hung Bun, in Hokkien dialect (Hu Feng Wen in Mandarin) by his parents who were Chinese Indonesians. He used it until the age of 18 years old when it was taken away in 1967. That year an Indonesian government regulation was established determining that ‘authentic’ Indonesian names were to be used, rather than ‘unnationalistic’ Chinese names which had negative connotations associated with them. Hence Franciscus became his baptised Catholic name provided by his mother and he found the Harsono surname for himself. In this installation work, Harsono remembers the erasure of his name, which he repeatedly writes in Chinese characters using black ink, and which are constantly washed away by the rain.