May 9, 2015 - Nov 22, 2015

VOYAGE trokomod

Republic of Indonesia - Biennale Arte 2015

     Indonesia National Pavilion 

“Trokomod” conveys the expectations of all historically dominated cultures to be granted equal room and recognition.
Myths, legends and folk tales infuseDono’s imagination. Recently he joked:“I am Semar, considered a clown, but inmy former life I was a dinosaurus.”

The Indonesia Pavilion East? West? It Depends on Where You Stand

Though it may look threatening, the Trokomod is not dangerous. Its cannons are telescopes, telling us that Indonesians are curious and eager for knowledge.

Heri Dono (55), artist Indonesia, discuss with Asmudjo Irianto in order to prepare his work "Trokomod" in Bandung, Indonesia, Thursday (19/2). Heri Dono is an artist who will represent Indonesia National Pavilion at the 56th International Exhibition of Art - All World Futures, the Biennale Arte 2015.
Exclusive Preview - Art Talk
"Exclusive Preview - Art Talk" with the speaker's Heri Dono, Professor Bambang Sugiharto, and Asmudjo Jono Irianto, moderated by Rifky Effendy.
Spirit Boat
Angel has become one of inspiration for Heri Dono  about freedom. An angel can fly anywhere and anytime, he said. Angel became the metaphor to criticize the state or against repression, political, and the dominance of anything in the art world.
Press conference of the 56th International Art Exhibition - All The World's Futures. Venice, Ca' Giustinian, 5th March 2015. Speakers: Paolo Baratta and Okwui Enwezor.

Press conference of the 56th International Art Exhibition - All The World's Futures. Venice, Ca' Giustinian, March 5th 2015. Curated by: Okwui Enwezor, Indonesian Commissioner: Sapta Nirwandar, and Indonesian Producer: Restu Kusumaningrum.

Press conference of the 56th International Art Exhibition - All The World's Futures. Venice, Ca' Giustinian, 5th March 2015. Restu Kusumaningrum (producers); Sapta Nirwandar (commissioner); and Franco Laera (producer)

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Heri Dono: Voyage - Trokomod

From the early beginning of his artistic engagement, Heri Dono has consistently aspired to set right what he thought was wrong. For Heri, art is not just about exploring the beauty or the aesthetic but to inform people of thins often unseen or hidden behind the masks of time. “Artists have a moral responsibility to add to the global conversation, and inspire people with awareness of what is going on in their environment and in the world at large.”

In the Indonesia pavilion which is themed “Voyage”, Heri Dono presents a giant structure likening a archaic creature rising up to the future. A fusion of the Trojan Horse and the Indonesian Komodo dragon (dubbed Trokomod), this amphibious hybrid “animal” of 7.5 x 3 x 3.5 meters encompasses his vision for a world where East and West merge. With this “vehicle” Heri Dono examines the actual state of the world, at the same time exploring his place and the country's in the global constellation of nations. “Indonesia has for most of the time been a blank spot on the world map, he asserts, now is the time to come forward”. With this he wants to show another way of asserting power.

While the archaic appearance of Trokomod may be frightful, the interior presents a soft power using material like rattan, and a ceiling covered with a canvas on which batik symbols of all religions denote the wish for peaceful religious pluralism, Trokomod's voyaging through history and plying the oceans between cultures is the culmination of Heri Dono's critical views about global and local cultures, about political, geopolitical and social situations at home and in the world, and about Western hegemonies that he used to reveal with a lot of humor and a touch of human benevolence. Trokomod, however has added an etchy touch.

An important part of the work is Heri Dono's ethnographic imaging. Contrary to a traditional display in an ethnographic museum which traditionally displays exotic cultures from a Western point of gaze, Heri Dono switches roles showing Western icons as we prerceive them from the other part of the world. This follows his belief that it's an artist's moral responsibilty to inspire people with awareness of what is going on in the world and to balance the global conversation. ”

Within the 'animal's interior, visitors (8 at a time) can peep through cannon-shaped telescopes to see artifacts and images of important cultural significance that is perceived to have marked the Western world, and operate the periscope showing selected markers of Indonesian and Eastern significance while a video shows images of the past, present and the future.

An installation of traditional vessels of the past that mutated in the course of time (“Perahu Arwah” or Spirit Boats) accompany Trokomod. Evoking Indonesia's maritime identity, they are reminiscent of angel-like shapes with halos and kinetic flapping wings suggestive of peddles.

Curatorial text by Carla Bianpoen

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