Philemon Mukarno is an Asian Performance Artist, who was born and raised in Indonesia, at this moment based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

After graduating from Codarts-University for the Arts, in the Netherlands, and having specialized in the Japanese Butoh Dance, he encountered another dimension in himself, driven by something deep and powerful. He expresses this in an art form so-called Performance Art / Live Art / Body Art. It is an investigation of the body to address the subconscious. A deepening of his consciousness. The art brings him closer to his own body and to the awareness of my own thoughts and processes.

Articulating this awareness through performance helps to uncover his connection to the environment, the earth, and my ancestors. In a society full of traps to confuse, numb, and desensitize, his work uses and acknowledges the density and complexity of the human structure by exploring its innards, its thought processes, its energy, and its capacity for life: blood, naked body, sexuality, gender, fetishes, nudity, water, organs, bones, energy, thought. The performances will compel him to go deeper inside and leave his comfort zone. He projects shapes from within. His work is deliberately dark, vulnerable, and often sensual. The hope is to destroy frameworks that have warped my body and self-image as a way to repair and prepare for a new beginning.

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‘very strong sense of esthetics and individual style’

Philemon Mukarno is one of the most original Dutch artists of the young generation. His work is utterly uncompromising and characterized by a very strong sense of aesthetics and individual style. His work is immediately recognizable, and no matter if he uses traditional or highly unusual setups, and no matter if the work is highly complex and virtuosic or carried by great simplicity, Philemon manages to convey a high level of excitement and a monolithic aura at all times.
Naked butoh dance performance by Philemon MukarnoNaked butoh dance performance by Philemon Mukarno