Explore with Asia House and Bagri Foundation, Taboos in Asia with a series of talks, focusing on Indonesia. In part one, Indonesian architect, curator, writer and poet Avianti Armand and poet Amali Rodrigo will delve into the theme of childhood and family of the country.
Avianti will reveal her London residency project, a collection of poems titled The Museum of Childhood in reference to Turkish Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk’s novel, The Museum of Innocence whilst Amali Rodrigo will discuss the themes of her first poetry collection, Lotus Gatherers, (2016) which offers a world of paradoxes – exotic and familiar, a deeply spiritual world which delights in passion but also unsettling histories of gender violence.
The talk will be moderated by writer, translator and researcher Jennifer Wong. Jennifer’s second poetry collection, Goldfish spans from childhood memories, fairy tales, taboos, deep-rooted faiths to translated truths.
Asia House’s two part-series Indonesia in Focus, explores what it means to be a literary labourer in contemporary Indonesia; one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multilingual countries. The series is supported by the Bagri Foundation.