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I’m an interdisciplinary artist. As a mixed-race Indonesian-American, I live between my assimilation and my Javanese ancestry. My queer, transgender, non-binary body performs multiple border-crossings. My performances celebrate liminality and non-linear storytelling and explore legacies of colonial empire. I employ non-Western dance and mythology to unwind colonial conditioning. I am concerned with the question of whether, and how, embodied healing and anti-colonial storytelling can be used to de-condition the body and untangle entrenched assimilation. With this core question in mind, I make dance improvisation works, experimental theater, multimedia installations, and performance art that address and subvert political histories. To read more, see my bio and artist statement or check out my artist CV. You can also find writing and press about my work.

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Resiliency Motions, Decisive Actions
Hosted by Movement Research

Mondays | May 3-24 | 11:15-12:45pm ET | Register here
I’m starting back up on workshops this Spring. Continuing practices such as meditation, automatic writing, visualization-based dances, small rituals, and collective moving together, we tap into resiliency, free-ness, and our bodies’ wisdom. Prompts in these sessions offer re/connection to the body as a starting point for transformation. And facilitation will hold space for dormant, thawing seedlings of action and decision to arise. Frameworks for Resiliency Motions, Decisive Actions call in many queer BIPOC ancestors and legacies of thought, politics, and practice. These sessions value and center erotic power, anti-colonial wisdom, and the body as nature.


Saturday, March 27, 2021 | 5–6:30 PM ET
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We find ourselves in rupture, in the space between breaths, hanging in mid-air, waiting to plummet back to earth. The impossible is happening all around us, this is the apex of a global apocalypse, an unveiling, that lies at the heart of Western Civilization. The Goddesses offer a place for healing in the rupture, a space for ritual, poetry, community, and for visions of a new future. The place they offer, the sanctuary, is beyond space and time–we enter as ghosts, as avatars, as clouds made up of points of light.

#NGM2021 is a hybrid performance space, digital installation, and virtual gathering place created by a group of collaborators from across the United States and presented by Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery.

Participating Artists: Edgar Fabián Frías, Stephanie Graham, Ines Kang, Scarlett Kim, Maya Mackrandilal, zavé martohardjono, Enid Muñoz, Kayla Tange, Sadie Woods

Catch my poems in We Want It All

I’m honored to be part of this luscious, powerful collection We Want it All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics edited by Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel, published by Nightboat Books. The anthology features over 70 intergenerational artists writing in dialogue with emancipatory political movements, imagining an altogether overturned world in poems that pursue trans relationships to desire, embodiment, housing, sex, ecology, history, pop culture, and the working day.
And tune in March 11 for a reading hosted by Open Books. I’ll read my pieces alongside editors Andrea Abi-Karam & Kay Gabriel and friends and poets Ari Banias, Joss Barton, Rocket Caleshu, Joshua jennifer Espinoza, Aeon Ginsberg, Amy Marvin, and imogen xtian smith.

Imagining: A Gibney Dance Journal | Issue 2
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Over the Summer 2020, I talked with mayfield brooks and Raha Behnam about pandemic crisis, Black Lives Matter blossoming, and how we as community-engaged artists envision a thriving, collective society. We kneaded our hours of talking into this text, A Dream of the Possible, for Imagining: A Gibney Dance Journal with the invitation and support of the illustrious Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Gibney Dance’s Senior Director, Curator, and Editorial Director and Editorial Associate Dani Cole. mayfield, Raha, and I also wanted to share our full conversation which meandered into a lot of corners our text couldn’t capture. You can listen to the audio recording here.

An interview in Buah Zine
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At the end of 2020, I had a wonderful sit down with Teta Alim, founder of Buah Zine. We talked about the complexities of what our Indonesian ancestry and history means to us and our approaches to art-making. Check out the interview that came out of our conversation and connection. Buah Zine is an incredible archive of contemporary artists, writers, DJs across the globe, each part of the Indonesian diaspora.


If you are interested in chatting about my work, you can email me directly at zave [at] zavemartohardjono [dot] com.
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