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Kamiliah Badhar

  • Date: October-November 2014

  • Residency Theme: Ecologies of Art in Malaysia


Kamiliah Badhar is a freelance curator living and working in Singapore, where she is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Curatorial, a program of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) School of Art, Design and Media in Collaboration with the NTU Singapore Center for Contemporary Art.


His research interests extend from socially engaged artistic practices and how such artists develop ethical frameworks and strategies in intersubjective negotiations and exchanges and the vulnerabilities experienced, exploring the different ecologies of art in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, particularly the role that residencies. y Artist-led spaces play a role in fostering global and local connections and exchanges, and how curators can develop a more concerted and social practice of curation.


The project in Bali plays into its investigation of the different ecologies of art in Indonesia, and the active role that artist-run residences and spaces have in their setup and how the curator can negotiate this terrain. Hence his collaboration with Ketemu Project Space and his commitment to the art professionals who shape the ecology of contemporary art in Bali.

These interactions and the resulting exchanges in knowledge and know-how will be incorporated into his thesis and research on how to develop the ecology of art in Singapore, and also into his future curatorial projects in Indonesia.

Residence process and project


The project seeks to find ways to represent experiences through the act of writing, and looks at any type of writing, especially ethnography, as a form of fiction and non-fiction. Wishing to escape my anthropological past and the rules of conventional academic writing in which I have been trained, I want to explore forms of representation that could be much more, capable of capturing the vulnerability of the author, the slippages found, The multivocal, the magical and the shamanic who are often relegated to the myth-making section by rationals. I will do so by looking at my fieldwork experience in Indonesia in 2011 and my residency in Medellin in 2014.

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