Keynote Speakers

Heri Dono

Wednesday 28th September at 3.30pm

The chronology of Indonesian Contemporary Art perspective


Heri Dono is unquestionably one of Indonesia’s highest regarded contemporary artists of his generation. Since graduating from the Indonesian Institute of Arts in 1987, Dono has exhibited extensively and participated in countless artist residences and workshops around the world.

Dono is best known for his mixed-media installations derived from his experiments with popular Javanese folk theatre Wayang. Dono’s installations are a creative re-invigoration of traditional art practices that have been rooted in Indonesian culture for centuries. His performances merge elements of storytelling, mythology, humour, music and interactivity to engage audiences in a dialogue with the work.

His paintings depict wild deformations and fantasies from which characters of Wayang stories emerge. Adding his profound knowledge of children’s cartoon films, animation films, and comics, Dono’s canvas is always filled with highly astonishing characters set against the artist's own critical backdrop, commenting on socio-political issues in Indonesia and abroad.

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