Brigitta Isabella

Brigitta Isabella (b.1989) graduated from the department of Philosophy at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta in 2012 and continued her studies in Critical Methodologies at King’s College, London. Since 2011, she works in KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, a research collective based in Yogyakarta. In October 2014, she participated in 89plus x Google Cultural Institute 2-months-residency program in Paris and currently taking part in Ambitious Alignments: New Art Histories from Southeast Asia, a one-year research grant funded through the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative. She is also a part of editorial collective in Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art journal.

KUNCI Cultural Studies Center inhabits a precarious position of belonging to neither this nor that within existing disciplinary boundaries while aiming at expanding them. The collective’s membership is open and voluntary, and is so far based on an affinity to creative experimentation and speculative inquiry with focus on intersections between theory and practice. Since its founding in 1999 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, KUNCI has been deeply preoccupied with critical knowledge production and sharing through means of media publication, cross-disciplinary encounter, research-action, artistic intervention and vernacular education within and across community spaces.