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Past Contributors

Ade Darmawan - Ruangrupa

He was born in 1974 in Jakarta, Indonesia, then move to Yogyakarta (central Java) for 5 years to study at Indonesia Art Institute of (I.S.I), in Graphic Art Department. A year after his first solo exhibition in 1997 at the Cemeti Contemporary Art Gallery, Yogyakarta (now Cemeti Art House), he stay in Amsterdam for two years residency at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten. Back from Amsterdam in 2000, with five other artists from Jakarta he founded ruangrupa. He has been participated in art project and exhibition in several cities in Indonesia and more such as; Durban, Bangkok, Mumbai, Mexico City, Antwerp, Istanbul, Sydney. Now he lives and works in Jakarta as an artist, director of ruangrupa, and member of Jakarta Arts Council - since 2006.

ruangrupa - www.ruangrupa.org An artists' initiative founded in the year 2000 by a group of Jakarta based artists. A non-profit organization, which focuses in art and its relation with the social cultural context especially in urban environment, through research, study, and documentation. Along with intensive collaboration and cooperation with artists and people from other discipline through exhibitions, art project, workshop and publishing.


Mustafa Maluka

Mustafa Maluka is an artist who has lived and worked between New York, Amsterdam, Berlin, Cape Town and Helsinki for the last six years. His most recent body of work was completed in Berlin. He has studied at De Ateliers in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. He has held 10 solo exhibitions and has been included on numerous group shows. Recent group shows include "World Histories" at Des Moines Art Centre, Iowa(2008), "Flow" at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2008) and the 7th São Paulo Bienal (2006). Des Moines Art Center introduction for Mustafa Maluka from mustafa maluka on Vimeo.

Ingrid Commandeur

‘It is interesting to withdraw from one’s own usual context and meet a new world, especially today, when cultural and ideological Hybridizations have become an irreversible fact. (…)

The winner is the one who masters the two sides of the battlefield’, Chen Zhen. Ingrid Commandeur (1970) is an Amsterdam based art critic and editor at large of METROPOLIS M, Magazine for contemporary art (2004-present). From 2003 until 2005 she did a research project about the institutional context of upcoming contemporary artscenes in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo. This has profoundly influenced her practice as an art critic. Next to articles related to this project she wrote articles about many different subjects, ranging from ‘Art and censorship after 9/11’, international exhibitions (Sculpture Projekte Münster, Documenta), to most recently an article about the international shift from public to private money in the arts: ‘Organized Magnanimity. The New Art Patron’.


Susan Kendzulak

Susan Kendzulak is an artist and writer based in Taiwan since 1996. Before that, she was a struggling painter in New York City for many years and transformed by living in Asia, switched to conceptual work in 2000 with her ongoing project “everything is dangerous.” Kendzulak graduated from School of Visual Arts (BFA 1984) and has a MA degree from California State University with her thesis on Chinese conceptual art. She is the Taiwan correspondent for Flash Art and Art Asia Pacific magazines and is currently the Southeast Asia editor for Art Asia Pacific’s Almanac 2008-9. She has written for Yishu, Public Art Review, Art Review UK, and is contributing reporter to the Taipei Times newspaper. Her personal blog covers themes such as local and global art, creation and destruction: http://everythingisdangerous.blogspot.com


Yuliya Sorokina


Yuliya Sorokina is free lance curator of contemporary art, lecturer, tutor, author of texts, lives and works in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Born in 1965 in Shchuchinsk (Kazakhstan) In 1987 graduated from the Artistic-drawing faculty of the Kazakh Pedagogical Institute named after Abai (Almaty). In 1992 she also completed post-graduate course in cinematology at the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (Moscow) and courses in art-management in 1998-1999 at European Summer Academy for Culture & Management (Salzburg) and at Institut fur Kulturwissenschaft (Vienna) Austria. Since 1999 she is chair-person of the Board of “Asia Art+” Public Foundation, which she co-founded in 1996. Major exhibitions & projects 2007 - “Muzykstan: Media generation of contemporary artists from Central Asia”. Central Asia Pavilion at the 52. INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA. Associazione Culturale Spiazzi, Venice, Italy (Commissioner and curator) 2007 – Central Asian Project.


Rich Streitmatter-Tran


R. Streitmatter-Tran (b. 1972, Bien Hoa, Vietnam) is an artist living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He received his degree in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. His work, solo and collaborative, has been exhibited in several cities in the United States, Europe and Asia including the 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007 Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, the Singapore Biennale 2006, the 2004 Gwangju Biennale, 2005 Pocheon Asian Art Festival, ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, Asia Art Now at Arario Beijing, the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, the Blue Space Gallery in Ho Chi Minh City, the 7th Asiatopia Performance Art Festival in Bangkok, Art Tech Media 06 in Barcelona. Current and upcoming exhibitions for 2008 include the Singapore Biennale 2008; Post-Doi Moi: Vientamese Modern and Contemporary art in the 90's at the Singapore Art Museum; Coffee, Cigarettes and Pad Thai at the Eslite Gallery in Taiwan, and Strategies from Within at the Ke Center for Contemporary Art in Shanghai..


Mia Jankowicz

Mia Jankowicz worked as Residencies Curator at Gasworks until July 2008, organising a programme of residencies for artists not based in the UK, with an emphasis on inviting artists from outside of more easily-funded western European contexts. In addition she organised residencies for England-based artists with international hosts via the Triangle Arts Trust network. This role has developed her interest in the discursive realm of 'international artistic exchange' and 'intercultural understanding' as filtered via arts policy and the institutions that respond to it.


Inti Guerrero

Inti Guerrero [Bogotá] is a curator currently based in Amsterdam. Curatorial Fellow of De Appel's Curatorial Programme 07/08 and former Curator-in-Residence at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin and Capacete in Rio de Janeiro.


Lee Weng Choy



Lee Weng Choy is an art critic and artistic co-director of The Substation arts centre in Singapore. Born in Malaysia in 1963, while still a toddler, he, along with the rest of the family, left Kuala Lumpur for Manhattan. A couple years later, they moved to Manila. After finishing high school, Weng Choy went back to the US to study physics, philosophy and literature, then came to Singapore in 1992. Since then, he has lectured on art and cultural studies, convened international conferences, and written widely on contemporary art, including the essays: “The future was when: art criticism and the comparative tenses of Hong Kong and Singapore” (Journal of Visual Culture 6:3, Sage Publications, 2007);


Thomas J. Berghuis


Thomas J. Berghuis is lecturer in Asian Art at the Department of Art History & Film Studies at the University of Sydney, starting on 1 July 2008. He is a Visiting Fellow at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, until 2010. Since June 2007 he has been working as Senior Research Curator with the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics, College of Fine Arts/ UNSW in Sydney, on an ARC Linkage Project on “Construction, Connection and Community: Measuring Asian Art’s Contribution to Contemporary Culture”. He completed his PhD dissertation on Performance Art in China at the University of Sydney (Australia), following an MA in Sinology at Leiden University (The Netherlands).