Hendra “HeHe” Harsono: Silent Crowd
Friday, 12 − Sunday, 28 October 2012
Following 4 sold out solo shows in Indonesia, Element Art Space is pleased to announce Hendra “HeHe” Harsono's
(Indonesia, b. 1983) first exhibition in Singapore called Silent Crowd which will open on Friday, 12 October 2012, from
6.00–8.00pm with the artist present.
Silent Crowd series’ presentation of society and social media surely echo his last Invisible exhibition, where he defined
cyber space and relationships of people with the virtual world. But instead of commenting on the new social structure,
which is a combination of real-world interactions as well as virtual ones, HeHe presents the current status of society
and social media as is and invites the viewers to make their own commentary.
HeHe recognizes and is heavily involved in social media. He imagines the virtual world as a vast space with no corners
and embraces it together with his generation. HeHe’s works elevate social media and proposes that it counterweight the
ongoing devaluation of human lives. Social media is still virtual and has a sense of ‘un-realness’ to it, but it provides
endless space and opportunity to speak with another person without actually facing the person as depicted in
“Monologue Home” and “Neighborhood.” HeHe does not attempt to prove that social media divorces human contact when,
in fact, it is the opposite. People can be voyeurs such as in “The Watchers” through applications such as Instagram
to show what the other person is seeing right at that moment. They can also update each other on their location using
Foursquare as drawn in “Somewhere Only We Know.”
The fact that, rather than being separate ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ worlds, online and offline realms are integrated is exactly
why people can attempt to break away from the constraints in their offline lives by hacking their connectivity through
online interaction. And this is what Hehe is showing through his works in Silent Crowd.
This series is composed of 10 artworks. The exhibition will run until 28 October 2012.