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Talks : Alia Swastika

Sunday, 5 August, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Federation Hall, Victorian College of the Arts, Grant Street, Southbank

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Jakarta-based curator, writer, and Director of the Jogja Biennale 2015, Alia Swastika in conversation with Professor Natalie King, Enterprise Professorial Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.


Alia Swastika (b.1980) is an Indonesian-based curator and writer. Since 2008 she has worked as a freelance curator, writer and programme director with Ark Galerie in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Alia curated the Jogja Biennale XI (Indonesia, 2011), Shadow Lines: Indonesia Meets India and was Co-Artistic Director of The 9th Gwangju Biennale: ROUNDTABLE (Korea, 2012). She has curated major international group exhibitions including: The Past The Forgotten Time(Amsterdam, Jakarta, Semarang, Shanghai, Singapore, 2007-2008) and Manifesto: The New Aesthetic of Seven Indonesian Artists (Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, 2010) as well as solo exhibitions for Eko Nugroho, Tintin Wulia, Wimo Ambala Bayang and Jompet Kuswidananto.


Natalie King is an Australian curator who has realised landmark projects in Italy, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. In 2017, she was Curator of Tracey Moffatt: My Horizon, Australian Pavilion at 57th Venice Biennale. She has curated exhibitions for the National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta; Singapore Art Museum; National Museum of Art, Osaka; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. She has conducted in-depth interviews with Ai Wei Wei, Pussy Riot, Candice Breitz, Joseph Kosuth, Destiny Deacon, Massimiliano Gioni, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Pipilotti Rist, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Bill Henson, Hou Hanru and Cai Guo-Qiang amongst others. She is widely published in arts media including Flash Art International.

Talks is presented in association with The University of Melbourne, Learning Partner of Melbourne Art Week.