Kamiliah Bahdar

Independent Curator


October 2015 - July 2016

Kamiliah BAHDAR is an independent curator living and working in Singapore where she is currently pursuing a degree in Masters of Arts (Research) Spaces of the Curatorial, a programme by the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in collaboration with the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore.

Her research interest spans from socially-engaged artistic practices, and how such artists develop ethical frameworks and strategies in intersubjective negotiations and exchanges, and the vulnerabilities experienced, to exploring the different art ecologies in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, particularly the role that residencies and artist-run spaces play in fostering global and local connections and exchanges, and to how curators can develop a more collaborative and social curatorial practice.

The project in Bali plays into her research of different art ecologies in Indonesia, and the active role that residencies and artist-run spaces have in shaping it, and how the curator might negotiate this terrain. Hence, her collaboration with Ketemu Project Space and her engagement with art practitioners that form the contemporary art ecology in Bali. These interactions and resulting exchanges in knowledge and know-how will be incorporated into her thesis and research on how to develop the art ecology in Singapore, and also to her future curatorial projects in Indonesia.