Alia Swastika is the director of the Jogja Biennale Foundation in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and is actively involved as a curator, project manager and writer on a number of international exhibitions. She was co-artistic director of the Gwangju Biennale IX (2012): Roundtable and director of the Biennale Yogyakarta XIV (2015). She also participated as the curator of a special exhibition of Indonesian artists in the 2012 edition of Art Dubai. In 2017, she curated contemporary art sections at the Europalia Festival, Indonesia where she organized exhibitions in Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, SMAK Ghent, MuHKA in Antwerp and some others. She curated many exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad, including some established and new emerging artists. She is currently researching Indonesian women artists in the period of 1975 to 1990 and had published the first series of publications. She actively writes for various magazines, journals and publications, in Indonesia and international platforms.
Alia Swastika, the Director of the Jogja Biennale, offers a bold analysis of ruangrupa’s documenta fifteen, one that frames their artistic direction as an opening of new pathways that are long overdue.