Curator and Director Profile

Ayos Purwoaji (Curator)

Ayos Purwoaji is a writer and curator working at the intersection of history, architecture and fine arts. Since 2015, he has worked on a number of exhibitions and curatorial projects, among others, Almost There (2017) at Vargas Museum, Manila; Lecture on Cities (2017) at Bozar Center for Fine Arts, Brussels; Némor / Southeast Monsoon (2019) at Cemeti Institute for Art and Society, Yogyakarta; and Segar Bugar (2019) at the Bank Indonesia Museum, Jakarta. Part of them represents his special interest in the practice of vernacular archiving and collective memory. Together with several friends, he founded the Surabaya Contemporary Heritage Council (SCHC), a multidisciplinary group that explores critical discourses on cultural heritage, especially in Southeast Asia. Now he teaches cultural studies at Ciputra University, Surabaya.

Elia Nurvista (Curator)

Elia Nurvista is an interdisciplinary artist who is interested in exploring various art media with an interdisciplinary approach and focus on food discourse. Apart from the food medium itself, Elia is also active in working with installations, videos, performances, and other performative forms. In 2015 she initiated Bakudapan, a food study group with colleagues from different disciplines. Bakudapan runs with the principle of complementarity and camaraderie between the members. With Bakudapan she has conducted research on food within the socio-political and cultural context. She has curated ADAM LAB at TPAC (Taipei Performing Arts Center) with Transient Collective (2020), Struggle for Sovereignty platform (2020/2021) and participated several exhibition including Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka (2020), Karachi Biennale in Karachi (2019) and The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, at QAGOMA, Brisbane (2018) among others.

Gintani Nur Apresia Swastika (Director)

Born in Yogyakarta in 1984, completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta in 2010 and is pursuing her Master degree in Religious and Cultural Studies at Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, focusing on Indonesian women artists.

She mainly works as an artist and has been involved in various group exhibitions, residency programs, and art projects in Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Australia. Her works were also featured in the book Indonesian Eye: Contemporary Indonesian Art, published by SKIRA in 2011. She is a founding member of Ace House Collective, an artist collective founded in 2011 in Yogyakarta that is active in the field of youth-pop culture and that emphasises the exploratory approach both in theory and practice, conceptually and contextually, as well as finding new possibilities on visual art perspective.

Since then, she has been actively involved in many forums and courses, locally and internationally, such as TRANScuratorial Academy, Mumbai, India (2017), 7th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, Gwangju, South Korea (2016), 4A Curators’ Intensive, Emerging Curator Forum, at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia (2014), and Gender Under Reflection on South East Asia Women Artist Forum, Yangon, Myanmar (2012).

Working collectively where works and responsibilities are shared equally, she developed her artistic, curatorial, and managerial practice through Ace House and various other art projects. Amongst others Arisan Tenggara: South East Asia Art Collective Forum (2018) where she is in-charge as the Director and Yogyakarta Cultural Festival / FKY (2019-2020), where she is appointed as the Creative Director.