إسكندر /Alexander Sebastianus Hartanto
Alexander Sebastianus Hartanto uses contemporary art as a platform for experiential ethnographic research. Hartanto’s works explores the decontextualization of varying material cultures and how it is perceived, understood and ritualized through different lenses. For Hartanto, decolonizing the value and meaning of art, is to reclaim the word Sani, a way of living which involves offering, service and search of the unknown. Pilgrimage, sacred spaces and woven cloths are the products of this practice. The works and experiences of Sani may or may not be archived, documented or shared. What's left are remnants and evidence of materials that takes place in Sani.
Born in 1995 in Indonesia, Alexander Sebastianus Hartanto studied Fiber Arts and Art History at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Prior to his studies, Hartanto practiced traditional Javanese Batik, apprenticing with his great-grandmother, a Master Batik Artisan. He was awarded the William Daley Award for Excellence in Art History and a Craft Field, 2017 and the Massachusetts College of Art & Design: Fiber Arts Departmental Honors, 2018. He has taught Indonesian textile craft traditions and techniques in seminars and workshops from Jakarta, Bali, New York City and Boston. Hartanto also worked for the Museum Tekstil in Jakarta, the non-profit organization Bebali-Foundation and fair trade business Threads of Life in Bali.
Hartanto’s on-going research includes: traditional Indonesian textiles, such as Batik and Ikat, and also ethnocentric approaches to museology, cultural heritage preservation, and decolonizing fine arts education in Southeast Asia. Now he resides and works in Boston, Massachusetts and Bali, Indonesia.