Alexander Sebastianus Hartanto


Alexander Sebastianus Hartanto



Alexander Sebastianus Hartanto uses experiential ethnographic research as a prominent intertwining mode of existence. Hartanto’s works explore the decontextualisation of material cultures and how it is perceived, understood, and ritualised in practice. For Hartanto, decolonising the ontologies of aɾt/kunst, is to reclaim Sani, a way of living that involves offering, service, and search of the unknown. A recreation of pilgrimages, sacred spaces, and woven cloths are products of this practice, et al. 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 take place in Sani.

Prior to his comparative art studies, Hartanto was an apprentice for a Javanese master weaver, in East Java. He was awarded the William Daley Award for Excellence in Art History and a Craft Field in 2017, and the Massachusetts College of Art & Design: Fiber Arts Departmental Honors in 2018. He teaches craft practice & theory and design ontologies to Artisans in Java, Bali, and the United States.

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