Timoteus Anggawan Kusno‘s Solo Exhibition
June 16th – July 24th 2021
Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society
The solo exhibition of Timoteus Anggawan Kusno (Angga), Ghost Light, presents a number of works, including video, sculptures, and other objects that are made and assembled in the form of installations in a dark room (blackbox) with a layout that builds a dramaturgical atmosphere as well as a filmic perception.
Some works remind us of the character of the spaces of today’s life, others spark imaginations related to myths, as well as things that seem foreign, but tickle us with alluring poetic expressions. The video work, in particular, presents a story that unravels the process of creating the story itself. After all, the representation of objects in the video and real objects outside of it reflects and communicates to each other, implying an imaginary relationship that pervades the internal environment of the exhibition we are going to surround.
The curatorial basis of this exhibition is the artist’s desire to express his interludial moment of a long process of using the textual medium in exploring the potentiality of fiction as a technique for deconstructing the history. Simultaneously, Ghost Light shows the parallelity of the artist’s evolving artistic method; his text-based archival processing is substituted by exposing the production background to play with the liminality between fiction, history, imagination, memory, and reality, as well as the actual process to respond to these five things.
As an antithesis to his method mentioned above, Ghost Light is a collection of acts and stanzas, with the intention of showing the search for schemes that re-questions the conventional structure of what is fiction and non-fiction. This exhibition becomes a laboratory with a new experimental mode that tries to displace the inevitability of text-based materials with action-oriented material construction, which shifts the cerebral approach, and emphasizes feeling rather than sighting.
Therefore, the presentation of this exhibition deliberately reveals the production aspects of several works to provoke the beholders’ physical sensibility, as well as their imagination of “space of tableau” and “tableau of space”, and offers a kind of “metadramatic” style of expression upon the elucidation of “metafiction”.*
Wednesday, July 16th 2021 | 6:30 – 8 pm
*Limited to 35 person via registration.
Diskusi Ghost Light
Discussion on Ghost Light exhibition
Ghost light is the entrance to then widen the gaze.…
Dokumentasi Ghost Light
Working Process Documentation
Photo and video documentation of opening Timoteus Anggawan Kusno’s Solo Exhibition “Ghost Light”, June 16th, 2021, Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society. (Photo: Muhammad Dzulqornain and Ridho Afwan Rahman)
TIMOTEUS ANGGAWAN KUSNO (b. 1989) is an artist who composes his works in various medium including installations, drawings, videos. He renders narratives which stretch in the liminality of fiction and history, imagination and memory. Through his works and projects, Kusno draws the questions on the coloniality of power and what are left unseen. He has exhibited his work in various museums and international biennales, including the Center for Fine Arts – Brussels, Belgium, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbay City Museum, India and 13th Gwangju Biennale. His works have also been collected by several public institutions such as the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Seoul, Korea, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) Taipei, Taiwan. Currently Kusno is collaborating with the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, Netherlands) in developing a project that responds to the artifacts and long history of resistance to colonialism under the title “Revolution!”. Along with his artistic practice, since 2013, he has been developing Centre for Tanah Runcuk Studies (CTRS), a (fictional) institution which conducts experimental studies on a “(lost) territory” in the Dutch East Indies called Tanah Runcuk, involving historians, ethnographers, fellow artists, curators and writers. He lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The artist’s personal website can be accessed at https://www.takusno.com/.