Welcome to The Distillery, an online interview series hosted by Lee Shang Lun. Each half-hour episode is a livestreamed conversation that concentrates on the subject's unique perspective and expertise. The aim is to draw out simple ideas from deep discussion.
Dr Sadiah Boonstra is a cultural historian and curator. She currently combines her appointment as Asia Scholar at Melbourne University with being an independent curator in Jakarta, Indonesia. In her broad cultural practice, she merges academic expertise with curation, producing, and public programming. She is fascinated by the entanglement of the past and the present, especially when it concerns the legacies of history, heritage and the arts of colonial and contemporary Indonesia. Taking a decolonial approach Sadiah works with contemporary visual and performing artists to challenge dominant discourses on contemporary stages, in museums and galleries.