Curators and Artistic Director


Curators of the Biennale Jogja XII Equator #2

Agung Hujatnika a.k.a Agung Hujatnikajennong is a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the Institute of Technology in Indonesia. He attained his doctorate from the Institute of Technology, Bandung, with a dissertation on curatorial practice in Indonesia. Since 1999 he has written articles about art in various kinds of mass media and presented seminars nationally and internationally. Agung has undertaken curatorial residencies in Australia (Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, 2002) and in Japan (Nanjo and Associates, Tokyo, 2004; Arts Initiative Tokyo, 2011). He was curator at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space (2001 – 2012) and has curated many exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad, among these are OK Video – Jakarta Video Festival (2003; SUB/VERSION, 2005; FLESH, 2011); Bandung New Emergence (2006, 2008, 2010); and a number of solo shows by Indonesian contemporary artists, such as Agus Suwage, Handiwirman Saputra, Jompet Kuswidananto, Mella Jaarsma, Heri Dono and Dadang ChristantoIn 2009, he was the curator of “Fluid Zones”, the main exhibition in the Jakarta Biennale program: ARENA.

Sarah Rifky is co-founder and director of Beirut a space in Cairo dedicated to art and thinking about institution building as a curatorial act, together with Jens Maier-Rothe. She obtained her MFA in Critical Studies from the Malmö Art Academy, Lund University in Sweden in 2009. Rifky was curator of The Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art (2009-2011); Adjunct Professor of Art Theory & History at the American University in Cairo (2010); curatorial agent of dOCUMENTA(13) (2011-2012). Since 2010 she manages MASS Alexandria, a school for artists in Miami (Alexandria), together with Wael Shawky. She is the author of The Going Insurrection (2012) and Delusions of Reference: In Defense of Art (2013), co-editor of the artist book Damascus: Tourists, Artists and Secret Agents. Her writings appear in newspaper and art periodicals including Alphabet Primeart agendaBidounEgypt Independentand The Exhibitionist amongst others. Her projects include Invisible Publics (Cairo, 2010), The Popular Show (Cairo, 2011), an accord is first and foremost a proposition (New York, 2011) and The Bergen Accords (Bergen, 2011). She is the founding director of CIRCA(Cairo International Resource Center for Arts). Sarah Rifky lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.

Artistic Director Biennale Jogja XII Equator #2

Farah Wardani attained a Master’s degree in Art History (20th Century) from the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies,Goldsmiths College, London, UK, in 2001. Since 2007, Farah has been the director of the Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA) in Yogyakarta. Apart from this she has worked on collaborative projects which have involved various arts institution, among others Cemeti Art House, ruangrupa, Edwin’s Gallery, Nadi Gallery, Valentine Willie Fine Arts (Kuala Lumpur), Element Art Space (Singapore), Asia Art Archive, and Melbourne International Fine Art (MIFA). In 2007, along with Carla Bianpoen and Wulan Dirgantoro, she wrote the book Indonesian Women Artists: The Curtain Opens. In 2011she was a curatorial consultant for the exhibition “Indonesian Eye: Fantasies and Realities” at Saatchi Gallery, London. One of her recent projects is being a curator for Google Chrome Open Spaces 2012.