Heri Dono, Flying Bidadari, 2011, Multi-media installation, paper-maché, cardboard, each 45 x 60 x 15 cm
Heri Dono is one of today's most important Indonesian artists. His sculptures and often archaic-seeming installations often refer to the wajang, a form of popular folk theater on the island of Java in which very different artistic disciplines and attitudes flow together. In this theatrical form, folk art, song, music, narrative, the mythological transformation of life philosophies, social critique, and an element of comedy fuse to form a coherent unit. Alexander Ochs presented the Jakarta based artist, born in 1960, for the first time at the group exhibition 'AWAS! Recent Art from Indonesia' in 2002 in his Berlin gallery, and supported his project at the Sao Paolo Biennale that same year. The artist has also participated in biennials in Venice, Yokohama, and Kwangju.