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Timoteus Anggawan Kusno

Born 1989, Yogyakarta
Lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Timoteus Anggawan Kusno is an artist who composes and presents his works in various mediums, including installations, drawings, moving images, and institutional projects. He renders narratives that stretch in the liminality of fiction and history, imagination and memory. Kusno draws questions on the coloniality of power and what remains left unseen. He often uses the (meta)fictional approach to reflect the medium's role in narratology. He reflexively and critically examines the subtle signification of editing and production structure. By this method, he questions the "history-making" and its embodied relation to power, ideology, and "ignorance." He had been commissioned and shown his work internationally in several cultural institutions and biennales, including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Seoul, Mumbai City Museum, India, Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) Taipei, Center for Fine Art Brussels, Belgium, Biennale Jogja XIV Equator #4: Indonesia-Brazil, and 13th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, among others. His artworks are also part of the museum collection in MMCA Seoul, Korea, and MoCA Taipei, Taiwan. In 2021, Kusno was honored with the Video Production Award from the Han Nefkens Foundation – Loop Barcelona, in collaboration with the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing; MoCA Taipei; ILHAM Gallery, Kuala Lumpur; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève and Art Hub Copenhagen. In 2022, he is commissioned by the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, to collaborate with the “Revolusi!” exhibition. Along with his artistic practice, since 2013, he has also been developing the Centre for Tanah Runcuk Studies. This (fictional) institution project conducts experimental studies on a (lost) territory in the Dutch East Indies called Tanah Runcuk, involving historians, ethnographers, fellow artists, curators, and writers.


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