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Introduction to Indonesian Eye Book

A book "Indonesian Eye: Indonesian Contemporary Art" is being published by SKIRA to coincide with the launch of the exhibition. The book, edited by Serenella Ciclitira, will present over 500 works by 74 Indonesian artists. The first major global work to promote Indonesian Contemporary Art in English, Indonesian Eye: Korean Eye: Contemporary Korean Art will become a definitive point of reference for the Indonesian Contemporary art scene. The book will be distributed worldwide by Thames&Hudson.

Titles of Essays

1. Jim Supangkat, "Contemporary Art in the Indonesian Eye"
2. Asmudjo Jono Irianto "Eyeing Indonesian Contemporary Art"
3. Leonor Veiga, "Suddenly, we arrived.. polarities and paradoxes of Indonesian contemporary art"
4. Amanda Katherine Rath, "Indonesian Contemporary Art Across and in Relations"
5. Susan Ingham, "Expo Art Indonesian Art and International Exhibition"
6. Jim Supangkat, "Contemporary Art in the Indonesian Eye"
7. Asmudjo Jono Irianto "Eyeing Indonesian Contemporary Art"
8. Leonor Veiga, "Suddenly, we arrived.. polarities and paradoxes of Indonesian contemporary art"
9. Amanda Katherine Rath, "Indonesian Contemporary Art Across and in Relations"
10. Susan Ingham, "Speaking in foreign tongues: Indonesian art in an international context"

Authors of Essays

Nigel Hurst

CEO of the Saatchi Gallery in London


Jim Supangkat (b.1948) is an art critic and chief curator of CP Foundation in Jakarta. He was the professor of Fine Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology for twenty years. As the leading curator in Indonesia, he initiated the Indonesia New Art Movement in 1970s regarded as the beginning of contemporary art discourse in Indonesia. He has been curating international contemporary art exhibitions in Indonesia including Contemporary Art of the Non-Aligned Countries (1995), CP Biennale I (2003) and CP Biennale II (2005), Contemporaneity: Contemporary Art in Indonesia at MOCA Shanghai (2010). He has written several books and numerous essays introducing contemporary art in Asia and Indonesia to the international art world. In 1997, he received the Prince Claus Award for this attempt.

Asmudjo Jono Irianto

Independent Curator, Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia


Asmudjo Jono Irianto (b.1952) is an independent curator, whose career began from 1990s. His curatorial projects are include: "Yogyakarta Biennial VI" (1998), "CP Biennale 2003" and "CP Biennale 2005", and the most recent: "1001 Doors: Reinterpreting Traditions" at Ciputra Marketing Gallery, Jakarta (2011). He has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Art and Design, in Bandung Institute of Technology since 1992. Well known also as an artist, He has taken part in several art exhibitions. On 2002 He established an alternative space, namely "Fabriek Gallery" in Bandung

Dr. Amanda Katherine Rath

Fellow, Dept. of Southeast Asian Studies, Lecturer, Curatorial Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany


Amanda Katherine Rath (b.1965), PhD in Art History, Cornell University, is a Fellow in the Dept. of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. She also lectures in the Curatorial Studies Program at that university. She specializes in the discourses of contemporary art of Southeast Asia with an emphasis on Indonesia and Malaysia. Her published works include articles on internationally known artists such as Entang Wiharso, Krisna Murti, Mella Jaarsma, Nindityo Adipurnomo, and FX Harsono. Her current research and teaching interests revolve around issues of community-based work as artists travel between different locations.

Leonor Veiga

MA graduate in Curatorial Studies, Research Fellow at Fine Arts School of Lisbon University


Leonor Veiga (b. 1978) is a postgraduate in Curatorial Studies from the Fine Arts School of Lisbon University, where she is currently a Research Fellow at CIEBA (Fine Arts Research and Studies Centre); her dissertation Memory and Contemporaneity describes the role of tradition and its contribution to contemporary art practices in the Indonesian context. Recent talks at various venues include Ashley Bickerton: A New Asia and Indonesian Batik: the encounter with China. Her curatorial works include exhibitions in Macau, Mozambique, Portugal and more recently in Indonesia, including the seminal Tough Love in Lisbon, Portugal as the assistant curator to Shaheen Merali with whom she has been associated since 2009. Her overall interest can be described as working at the forefront of emerging issues and theories from the Asian Continent.

Dr. Susan Ingham

PhD, The University of New South Wales, College of Fine Art Researcher, Indonesian Contemporary Art


Susan Ingham obtained her PhD from the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts in 2008. Her thesis on Contemporary Indonesian art is being prepared for publication. Since retiring from a 25 year career teaching the history and theory of art to art students in the Department of Technical and Further Education schools of Fine Arts, she has concentrated on research and publications. These include the Contemporary Arts+Culture Broadsheet, South Australia, and C Arts, Singapore, as well as essays associated with exhibitions including the travelling exhibition, Asian Traffic, 2004-06 and Contemporaneity: Contemporary Art of Indonesia, Shanghai 2010.