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The Making of an Institution — Reason to Exist: The Director’s Review. Talk by Farah Wardani (Indonesia/Singapore), Assistant Director, Resource Centre, National Gallery Singapore and former Director of the Indonesian Visual Art Archive, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

15 Mar 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

As with many other practitioners in the Indonesian art scene, in the early stages of her career Farah Wardani took on the role of a multi-tasker working as writer, curator, teacher, art organiser, and translator. The lack of institutional infrastructure forces one to become a jack-of-all-trades, creating an “ecosystem” of collaborations and synergies where everyone can become an active contributor. In this unique environment, Wardani focused her interest on a key problem: the scarcity of documents and archives of Indonesian art and of art in general. This major gap became the driving force behind the establishment of Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA) in 2007, an institution she continues to be involved with after joining the Resource Centre at the National Gallery Singapore in 2015. Wardani will expand on her engagement with the archive and its crucial role for art institutions today.

This talk is part of the public programme of The Making of an Institution.


Farah Wardani (Indonesia/Singapore) is currently Assistant Director of the Resource Centre at the National Gallery Singapore. She was previously Director of the Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, a centre for digital archive and documentation of Indonesian art, as well as a platform for research. Wardani has also been active as a teacher, writer, and curator. Her curatorial work encompasses collaborations with art spaces such as Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta and ruangrupa, Jakarta, Indonesia. She also served as artistic director of Biennale Jogja XII Equator #2, Indonesia (2013).

Image credit: Front and back cover, catalogue of Unseen Contemporary Indonesian Art Exhibition, Rama Hotel, Bangkok, 1967. From the archival donation of Mochtar Apin Family to the National Gallery Singapore Resource Centre in 2016.