Global Artist: Heri Dono Hits Stockholm

| May 18, 2015
Heri Dono 'Angels'

Heri Dono ‘Angels’ | All images: Färgfabriken

Words by Miranda Hine

THERE’s been a definite trend in recent years to promote cross-cultural collaboration in the arts, and Sweden seems to be at the forefront.

Färgfabriken is a gallery and arts organisation based in Stockholm. In true Scandinavian style, they exhibit the most avant-garde and contemporary of art and public programs, even hosting regular club nights. The most notable thing about Färgfabriken is their ability to collaborate with other institutions and individuals to produce cutting-edge exhibitions of the highest standard.

In recent years, Färgfabriken has teamed up with an unexpected partner on the other side of the globe: Indonesia. They’ve established a project called New Urban Topologies in three Indonesian cities, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Färgfabriken has also initiated an exchange with the Indonesia Institute of the Arts and artist collective Ruangrupa, supported by the Swedish Arts Council. So why Indonesia? The questions is; why not?! More and more governments and galleries around the world are beginning to understand the power of artistic collaboration as a means of political and cross-cultural cooperation. You only have to look at GOMA’s Asia Pacific Trienniel to see an example of this. Besides, art from geographically and culturally different places is an essential educational tool, and always draws a crowd.

Heri Dono 'Fermentation of Brain'

Heri Dono ‘Fermentation of Brain’

In 2015, as a continuation of their relationship with Indonesia, Färgfabriken have teamed up with the Indonesian embassy to present a solo exhibition of Heri Dono’s work. Dono is a renowned Indonesian artist, who is currently representing Indonesia at the Venice Biennale. His practice draws upon his Indonesian heritage, merging icons of traditional culture with those of the Western mainstream.

Dono’s new exhibition Animachines continues these themes. His eerily enchanting sculptures, reminiscent of traditional Indonesian puppets, are more than they first appear. They are machines, coming alive with the involvement of the audience who are invited to press pedals to rouse the objects’ animation.

It is the enmeshing of traditional craftwork and modern technology that makes these unexpected works so engaging. They speak of cultural educations and an integration of identities, whilst maintaining an aesthetic that is undeniably South East Asian.

The decision to exhibit Animachine in Stockholm is exciting. International collaborations are mutually profitable, in their inevitable exchange of knowledge and culture. The juxtaposition of the Asian work in the Scandinavian context will undoubtedly add dimensions to the work that could not be anticipated beforehand.

What: Animachine by Heri Dono
When: 28 March 2015 – 28 June 2015
Where: Stiftelsen Färgfabriken
Lövholmsbrinken 1
117 42 Stockholm

Heri Dono 'The Three Donosaurus'

Heri Dono ‘The Three Donosaurus’

Check out Färgfabriken’s website for more information.

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