Alia Swastika

Alia Swastika(born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 1980) is a curator and writer. Graduating from the Communication Department at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta in 2002, she began her career as a writer specializing in the field of arts and culture, producing articles for prestigious national newspapers and magazines including Kompas, the Jakarta Post and Tempo. Between 2002 and 2004, she was an associate editor for SURAT, a visual arts magazine published by the Cemeti Art Foundation.

Subsequently, she became a curator at Cemeti Art House, an internationally acclaimed alternative art space in Yogyakarta. With interests mainly in arts, gender, identity and youth culture, Alia has contributed extensively to international publications such as Art Asia Pacific, TAKE magazine, C-Arts and various catalogues for international exhibitions.  She is the recipient of grants to study curatorship in Berlin (funded by Asia Europe Foundation), New York (sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council) and Shanghai (supported by Art Hub) and recently completed an Art Associate program with the National Art Gallery, Singapore.  Currently, Alia works for Ark Galerie in Jakarta on project-managing and curating international exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include Wall Street Arts: a Jakarta Paris Graffiti Exhibition as well as solo exhibitions of work by Eko Nugroho, Wimo Ambala Bayang and Tintin Wulia. Alia also curated Ark Galerie‚Äôs booth for Art Hong Kong and Art Stage Singapore. Her recent project is an exhibition of seven Indonesia artists at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, LASALLE, Singapore.