M. HARYO HUTOMO (ID, 1990)
Residency period: February – April 2021
During my residency at La Becque I developed a curatorial project entitled Temporary Museum of A. This project, dedicated to the persistence of alternative practices among residents, was interspersed with two workshops led by Diana Rikasari and Marc Dusseiller. The artists who participated in these workshops (Alessandro Ferrari, Alexandros Simopoulos, Danae Sioziou, Elias Würsten, Geoffroy Christian, Lauren Bill, Marcia Domenjos, Nanouchka Zaric, Nourhan Maayouf, Nur Dasoki, Roman Favia, Wanda Tsar) were asked to create an artwork inspired by the facilitators’ practice. Another aim of my project was to find other ways of artistic production by involving different parties in the collaboration.
Conceptually, this curatorial project challenges the notion of the city as a residential area, physically represented by a collection of buildings that dominate the spatial plan and have various facilities that many people assume are meant to support the lives of citizens. This phenomenon can be observed in many cities worldwide, as if the model of community life is already programmed, from small to large, from family life to state business. Eventually, the project raises the question whether there is/can be an alternative life left in some cities? How important are alternative practices initiated by and for people? — M. Haryo Hutomo
An Arts graduate from the State University of Jakarta, M. Haryo Hutomo (born 1990) is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator who strives to foster critical artistic engagement and showcase conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and translational innovations that integrate and move beyond discipline-specific approaches. His work relies on the way art engages with the praxis of life and explores the interaction between life, art, science, social politics and human relations in both practical and aesthetic ways.