Cultural Heritage, Trauma, and Manipulation – Interview with Wulandani Dirgantoro
Together with Venugopal Maddipati (Art Histories Fellow), Wulandani Dirgantoro hosted a discussion table on “Cultural Heritage, Trauma, and Manipulation” at our event “Negotiating Cultural Heritage. Making, Sustaining, Breaking, Sharing. A Conversation” (Berlin, 24 April 2017). The conversation was organized by the research program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, the Cluster of Excellence „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“, the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, the Forum Transregionale Studien, the Max Weber Stiftung and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz.
In the wake of the event, we conducted an interview with Wulan Dirgantoro, discussing her impressions of the conversation: We examined the significance of gender roles and the challenges when dealing with violence and destruction in the debates and practices in the field of cultural heritage.
Wulandani Dirgantoro (Art Histories Fellow/Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin) is a researcher on Indonesian modern and contemporary art. Her research interests are transnational feminisms, and trauma and memory in Indonesian modern and contemporary art. Her dissertation entitled „Feminisms and Indonesian Contemporary Art: Defining Experiences“ was published in 2017 by Amsterdam University Press. She has contributed to various art publications in Asia, Australia and UK on Indonesian modern and contemporary art. Wulan recently participated in „Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art“ a research project within the Connecting Art Histories initiative by the Getty Foundation with a project on affect and modern paintings in Indonesia during the 1970s.
The interview was conducted by Moritz Buchner (Forum Transregionale Studien).
The following interviews and contributions have emerged from the event:
Aida Murtic and Anna Sawerthal (2017). Reports: Negotiating Cultural Heritage. Making, Sustaining, Breaking, Sharing. A Conversation