Jane DeBevoise in conversation with Kko-kka Lee, Farah Wardani and Stephen Stapleton

October 27th, 2014 New York City

Panel: ‘The Landscape of Infrastructure-Building in Asia’

Jane DeBevoise, Chair of the Board of Directors of Asia Art Archive Hong Kong and New York (Asia Art Archive in America), moderated a 30-minute conversation between Farah Wardani, Yogyakarta-based art historian and director of the Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA); Stephen Stapleton, founder of Edge of Arabia; and Kko-Kka Lee, curator and project manager at Korean Artist Project, an online platform that connected artists with publications and institutions. The discussion juxtaposed and examined how efforts that can be loosely defined as “infrastructure-building” in different regions of Asia meaningfully impact the local art scene.

> Watch the panel discussion, ‘The Landscape of Infrastructure-Building in Asia,’ at FIELD MEETING 2014

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Kko-kka Lee (Seoul)

Kko-kka Lee is the project manager and curator at Korean Artist Project, an online platform that connects artists with publications and institutions.

Kko-kka Lee’s participation in FIELD MEETING was supported by The Korean Art Museum Association

Farah WARDANI (Yogyakarta)

Farah Wardani (b. Jakarta, 1975), completed her MA in Art History (20th Century) from the Department of Historical & Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, London, UK, in 2001. She has been active as a teacher, writer, curator and art organizer since 2001 in her home country, Indonesia. In 2007 she co-authored Indonesian Women Artists: The Curtain Opens with Carla Bianpoen and Wulan Dirgantoro. Her curatorial works encompass projects collaborating with art spaces like Cemeti Art House, ruangrupa, Edwin’s Gallery, Nadi Gallery, Valentine Willie Fine Arts, KL and working as a consulting curator for the exhibition Indonesian Eye: Fantasies & Realities at Saatchi Gallery, London, 2011. She was also involved in the Yogyakarta Biennale 2013 as the artistic director. Since 2007 she has served as the executive director of Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, with works include the IVAA Digital Archive ( https://archive.ivaa-online.org/ ), the first digital archive of contemporary art in the country. In 2013 IVAA initiated a partnership with The National Gallery of Indonesia (GNI) to create the GNI online archive system, as well as digitizing GNI archives, which will be completed end of 2014.

Farah Wardani’s participation in FIELD MEETING was supported by The National Gallery of Indonesia

Stephen STAPLETON (London)

Stephen Stapleton is an artist and curator. After encountering the artistic community in Abha, Saudi Arabia during a journey across the Middle East in 2003, he founded the Offscreen Education Programme and Edge of Arabia as platforms for cultural dialogue between the Middle East and western world. He later founded the Crossway Foundation, a London-based charitable organization seeking to promote creative collaboration between the UK and the Middle East and EOA.Projects, an art gallery showing contemporary art from the Middle East based in Battersea, London. Stapleton has a degree in fine art and philosophy from the University of Brighton, a PGCE in art education from the University of London and has exhibited his own artwork in Tehran, Amman, London, Oslo and New York. He has published several books related to the Middle East including Offscreen: Four Young Artists in the Middle East, Edge of Arabia, Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia and won several awards for his work in the field of intercultural education.