?From 28th March 2015, Heri Dono presents his first solo exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden entitled ‘Animachines’. Curated by Joachim Granit and Emilia Rosenqvist of Färgfabriken, the contemporary art gallery space will serve as a home of the virtuosity mind of Heri Dono. The exhibition runs until 28th June 2015.
The Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden officially opened the exhibition on 28th March
2015. In the inaugural speech he addressed, H.E. Dewa Made J. Sastrawan
emphasised that Heri Dono is truly the ‘Animachines’ puppet master:
“Animachines brought us to a journey, to a place where we can feel the
presence of the artefact of animism and simultaneously we can see the
influence of machines in our life. As we know, a machine is the main
manmade masterpiece that transforms society across the world to this
modern culture.” In his speech, Ambassador Sastrawan invites visitors
and spectators of Heri Dono’s exhibition to relate themselves with the
need of machines, “You might think there are invisible hands and power
that make animism to be believed as an artefact that can make lives
better, and the invisible hands of market capitalism made people believe
that created creatures in animation make people more optimistic in
their lives.” The Ambassador said that the Animachines’ journey is a
reminder to us that we are all puppets, playing our own role and parts
while we are alive, directed by invisible hands of the puppet master.
Heri Dono (Heri Wardono) was born in Jakarta on 12th June,
1960, grew up in the artist scene in his birthplace. Dreamed of being
an artist, Dono continued in pursuing his interest at the Indonesian
Institute of Art in Yogyakarta, which was then a painting programme in
STSRI ‘ASRI’ Yogyakarta. Although he felt constrained in being limited
in expressing himself within campus, he did not stop as he travelled and
visited artists’ studios and houses in learning artistic skills and
The installations in the ‘Animachines’ exhibition reflect Heri Dono’s
own life experiences of metaphoric relations between humans themselves,
human to nature, human to universe, as well as the complex issues of
the political situation in Indonesia.
By combining animation and animism, Heri Dono showcases thirteen
major artworks in bridging the two notions through his creative
processes, enthusiasm and mind curiosity on questioning the culture and
socio-political ideas presented through the influence of globalisation
and Indonesia’s democracy.