Studio Kalahan

Studio Kalahan was established in 2001 and continues to develop. Therefore, it is kind of ‘Studio in Progress. The name (Kalahan – to lose) was chosen to show that the studio does not want to “win” in art exploration. The studio building has been in existence since the Dutch colonial period and was used a Dutch police station in World War II. The main room consists of a living room, documentation room, library, and private room for Heri Dono’s contemplation.
In the other section, at the back of the main house, there is a painting and puppet exploration room. Behind it there are display rooms for art installation. In the backyard there is also an open space used to produce work. This studio is an exploration zone and aesthetic laboratory for art assessment discourse and aesthetic practices.
The system of study about contemporary Indonesian aesthetics and their relationship to traditional art can clearly be seen in the work of Heri Dono. His work, which is on display in the documentation room, is accompanied by further documentation, as well as artifacts found in the corners of the studio.
The people who routinely work in art production at the studio include Teguh Hanira (electronics and mechanics), Joko Cetak (3-dimensionion work for installation art), Mas Eko (studio assistant) and Pak Min who takes care of various other jobs.

YOS Insight

Arsip Sebagai Tata Buku Masa Lalu
M. Dwi Marianto & Mikke Susanto
12 June 2015
05.00 PM – 09.00 PM

Artists with work at this Location

heri-donoHeri Dono (b. 1960, Jakarta, Indonesia) studied painting at Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta. He has presented his work around the world in many solo and group exhibitions. In 1998 he won the Prince Claus Award given by the Dutch government. His recently held the solo exhibition Voyage-Trokomod, Indonesian Pavilion, 56thVenice Biennale, Venice, Italy. He lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.










yudi-sulistyaYudi Sulistya (b. 1972, Yogyakarta, Indonesia) received an undergraduate degree in design the from Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta. His work has been exhibited in many important exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad, including After Utopia, Singapore Art Museum and VisualArts, Singapore and Singapore Festival, MAC-Lyon, Lyon, France. He lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.





kurt-a-hoesliKurt A. Hoesli (b. 1956, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia) studied fine art at the Art Center Denpasar, Bali; Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta; and was a member of Painting Community ’92 ISI Yogyakarta. Between 1977-2015 Hoesli’s awards, exhibitions, and performance art have included Best Drawing, Architectural Professional School, Zürich and Diaspora – Preformation Asian Family Day Bern, on behalf of the Indonesian Ambassador. Hoesli lives and works in Switzerland.






theresia-agustina-sTheresia Agustina Sitompul (b. 1981, Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia) studied visual arts at Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta. Winner of the 2012 Indonesian Printmaking Triennale Best award, she has participated in group and solo exhibitions in cities throughout Indonesia. Recent exhibitions include the solo show Hanya Ada Satu Ibu Dalam Satu Rumah, Bentara Budaya (Jakarta, Bali, Surakarta, dan Yogyakarta) and the group exhibition Manifesto, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta. She lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.