IIAS Lunch Lecture

Art in Indonesia versus Indonesian Art: Problems in the Historiography of Indonesian Art

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A Lecture by Aminudin TH Siregar, Faculty of Art and Design, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia; PhD student at the Leiden Institute for Area Study (LIAS).

This presentations aims to show the postcolonial Indonesian Art and its historiography related to the modern. Initially, it seeks to understand the issue in art history writing; the problems of chronology; and the postcolonial Indonesia background.  In particular, it will focus on whether the process of colonisation experienced by Indonesian art historians has impacted their perception of art history based on a Indonesian-centric approach, as well as on the modernity in art and on how the notion of modern art fits within the current conditions.

Aminudin TH Siregar is a lecturer for Indonesian Art History at Faculty of Art and Design, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia, and Head of the Soemardja Gallery (ITB’s university gallery). He completed his B.A. in Graphic Art and his M.A. with a thesis entitled The Discursive Analysis of Modern Indonesian Art (2006) at ITB. Siregar is currently working as a PhD student at the Leiden Institute for Area Study under Prof. Marijke Klokke and Prof. Kitty Zijlmans.

Since 1999, Siregar has been actively working as a curator and critic. His first book Blup Art! was published in 1999. Other works include The New Art- After Non-Representational Painting in Bandung (2004), Sang Ahli Gambar: Sketsa, Gambar dan Pemikiran and S. Sudjojono (2010). He edited Modern Oblique: Mysticism, Shamanism in Indonesian Contemporary Art (2005) and Indonesian Modern Art: An Essay Compilation (2006). He received the Asian Cultural Council grant as a curator in residence (2002), and conducted research on Indonesian Art In Japanesse Occupation: the Keimin Bunka Shidosho at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (FAAM, 2008), Japan; From 2014-2015, he was the Adjunct Curator of the National Gallery of Singapore (Singapore). 

About IIAS Lunch Lectures

Every month, one of IIAS' affilated fellows will give an informal presentation about his/her work-in-progress for colleagues and other interested parties. IIAS organises these lunch lectures to give the research community an opportunity to freely discuss ongoing research and exchange thoughts and ideas.
In addition, lunch lectures are given by visiting scholars.