Alia Swastika (Indonesia) has worked as Program Director for Ark Galerie, Yogyakarta since 2008 and is actively involved as a curator, project manager and writer in a number of international exhibitions. With Suman Gopinath, she was the co-curator of the Jogja Biennale XI, Shadow Lines: Indonesia Meets India (2011), and become one of the co-artistic directors for the Gwangju Biennale IX (2012). Furthermore, she participated as the curator of a special exhibition of Indonesian artists in the 2012 edition of Art Dubai.
Through her career she has worked with many significant Indonesian artists including Eko Nugroho, Tintin Wulia, Wimo Ambala Bayang, and Jompet Kuswidananto, among others.
Alia is a research fellow at the National Art Gallery, Singapore funded by Singapore International Foundation (2009). She has participated in a curatorial residency in BizArt, Shanghai, (2008), and in 2006 she participated in a Kelola Foundation fellowship programme funded by Asian Cultural Council. In 2005 she was also awarded a grant from Asia Europe Foundation.
As the director of Jogja Biennale 2015, she is a member of the International Biennale Association Board, and recently she founded ‘Study on Art Practices’, a platform for research on Indonesian contemporary art.