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Ratna Mufida (b. 1979, Kediri) is an arts management expert living in Yogyakarta. She is one of the co-founders of Hyphen — and the operational manager of the Equator Symposium (Yogyakarta Biennale Foundation, 2012-2022). Beforehand, she was heavily involved in a number of art events in Yogyakarta such as Biennale Jogja, ART|JOG, Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta Arts Festival); and Ngayogjazz. Standing in the management side of the arts demanded her to connect to things, and people, from other fields of discipline. This has shaped has shaped her curiosity toward sociological and historical aspect of Indonesian contemporary art practice. She pursues the paths of her curiosity by doing research and archival works together with Indonesian Visual Art Archive, Hyphen — and SKRIPTA. She is reachable via ratnamufida(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Pitra Hutomo (b. Jakarta, 1984) was the archivist for Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA). The organization has fostered her insight, and encouraged her to study Indonesian art through written and visual records. Post her 10+ years work in Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA), Pitra attempts to function as a community organizer in its true sense. It is a whole new dimension since she left a decade ago to pursue her dreams in a job that pays. Realizing she is not that fortunate to experience both at the same time, she had to choose a non-career path to discover the peace within. Pitra is fluent in system development and does database consultancy. At the moment, she is keeping up with Hyphen’s confident pace mostly set up by her two best friends. She is reachable through isdp(at)riseup(dot)net

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Grace Samboh (b. Jakarta, 1984) is in search of what comprises a curatorial work within her surrounding scene. She jigs within the existing elements of the arts scene around her for she considers the claim that Indonesia is lacking art infrastructure especially the state-owned or state run as something outdated. Her recent research looks at contemporary practices outside the existing centers of Indonesian art scene and slowly reconnect them all with the past and central narratives. She believes that curating is about understanding and making at the same time. With Hyphen, her concern is to encourage Indonesian arts and artistic research projects and publications. She is currently working in between Medan, North Sumatra; and Yogyakarta. She’s logs her writings at sambohgrace.wordpress.com

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Rachel K Surijata (b. Jakarta, 1997) is interested in listening and looking into the people behind practices that accounts for immediate surroundings. She recently received her BA in Anthropology and Media from Goldsmiths, University of London with a dissertation titled “Sound in Museums as Curatorial Practice: Learning from the Van Abbemuseum Choir”. Her experience include: Erasmus Traineeship Grant for internship at EUROPALIA Indonesia Festival 2017 (Brussels, Belgium); collaboration with Art Placebo in Deptford X 2019 (London, UK) ; participation in Young Curator’s Course 2019 at Jakarta Arts Committee (Jakarta, Indonesia). Rachel lives and works in Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She is currently involved in Hyphen –’s Danarto dkk research.

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Akmalia Rizqita (b. Jakarta, 1996) or better known as ‘Chita’, currently lives and works in between Jakarta and Bandung, Indonesia. She’s particularly fond of organizing and taking care of things in her surroundings—be it space, research projects, and exhibitions. Recently, she participated in Hong Kong’s Para/Site 2020 Workshops for Emerging Arts Professionals. Since it’s inception in 2018, she’s been the project manager of RUBANAH Underground Hub. Currently, she is also involved in Hyphen –’s Danarto dkk research.

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