I’m an interdisciplinary artist who makes dance, performance art, installations, and video. My work takes interest in geopolitics, social justice, queer glam, embodied risk-taking, and healing. I often draw directly from my mixed-race Southeast Asian, queer, and transgender experience. For more information, see my artist statement and check out my artist CV.

Press & Publications

Contributor to Dancer-Citizen Issue 4: The Global Self | The Self as Practice
Interviewed in Talking Circles by Chloe Chotrani
Interviewed in Queering Contemporary Asian American Art by Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe
Contributor to MXRS Commons: Constructing Identity Through Embodied Re-membrance and De-colonization
Where is Here? Gray Spaces at The Wild Project” by Sondra Fink, psycho-girl.com
Before Colonization: Zavé’s Brother Lovers” by Aurin Squire, helixqpn.org
Introducing the Multi-Media Artist Zavé Martohardjono” by Annie Malamet, posturemag.com
When Your Politics is Greek Tragedy: Genderqueer Antigone” by Jillian T. Weiss, Bilerico Project at lgbtqnation.com

upcoming events

disco permiso at Wendy’s Subway | 379 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY
FREE | Facebook event | Sunday, June 17 from 6-8pm

I will perform an excerpt of disco permiso in Slovakian artist Anabela Zigova’s show Super Apple / Un Sentiment Exquisite — an experimental, ongoing series of events that aims to deconstruct the mechanics of radicalization and violent extremism within society. Zigova’s drawings in pure gold willfully use irrational, emotional, and subjective elements as a mode of political resistance. The project serves as a platform for artistic collaboration — and in this instance, we will dousing disco permiso in gold.

TransVisionaries | 1 Bruckner Blvd., Bronx, NY | June 26, 2018 at 7pm

I’ll be performing in the Bronx in TransVisionaries — a first-ever, Bronx monthly live performance series featuring cabaret singers, poets, comics, musicians, dancers and performers who identify as Transgender and/or Gender Non-conforming. BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance) turns locally owned restaurants and cafes in the South Bronx into one-night arts centers to present these free public performances.


Let’s be in touch! If you’d like to learn more about my work or join my mailing list, email me: zave [at] zavemartohardjono.com