Jakarta ~ Indonesia
The work of artist Heri Dono includes drawings, paintings, installations and performances. It addresses social and political issues through absurdist imagery. His work displays great openness towards art forms, which are outside the accepted disciplines of the visual arts: he uses cartoon-like elements taken from the wayang kulit, the Indonesian shadow theatre. However wild, exaggerated and grotesque his figures may become, given such influences, they still refer to and serve as a comment on reality, a reality which is often horrific. Heri Dono addresses a wide variety of issues, from famine in Africa to unemployment, drugs, ecological hypocrisy and political violence. His work has its origins in the Indonesian situation but considers phenomena, which are recognised worldwide. Heri Dono is - in the positive sense of the word – a rebel with a cause, a successful angry young man.