Biography

Alia Swastika is the director of the Jogja Biennale Foundation in Yogyakarta, and she has worked on a number of international exhibitions as a curator, project manager and writer. She is also the founder of SOAP (Study on Art Practices), a publication and research laboratory for visual arts in Yogyakarta. One of her research interest is art and feminism, thus she published her book on Indonesian women artists during New Order in 2019.

Her curatorial projects include the Europalia Arts Festival, for which she designed exhibitions of Indonesian art at Oude Kerk, Amsterdam; S.M.A.K., Ghent; and MuHKA, Antwerp (2017). She also served as co-artistic director of the 9th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2012), curated a special exhibition of works by Indonesian artists for Art Dubai’s Marker programme (2012), and co-curated (with Suman Gopinath) Shadow Lines: Indonesia Meets India, Jogja Biennale XI (2011). She has worked with many Indonesian artists, including Wimo Ambala Bayang, Jompet Kuswidananto, Eko Nugroho and Tintin Wulia, Iswanto Hartono, as well as many international artists.

Swastika was a research fellow at the National Gallery Singapore, funded by the Singapore International Foundation (2009), and she participated in a curatorial residency at BizArt, Shanghai (2008). She has received grants from the Asian Cultural Council, New York and Kelola Foundation, Jakarta (2006); and Asia-Europe Foundation, Singapore (2005), and many more.

She holds a BA in Communication from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. She was born in 1980 in Yogyakarta, where she continues to live and work.

SAF participation:
March Meeting 2016 and 2021

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