Breaking Taboos In Asia: Indonesia in Focus Part I

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18:30- 20:00

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.

Avianti Armand 

Armand, received the Indonesian Association of Architects Award for her “Kampong House” in 2008. In 2009, she received the award for Kompas (newspaper with the largest circulation in Indonesia) Best Short Story in 2009 and the Katulistiwa Literary Award in 2011 for her collection of poems, Women Whose Names Were Erased.


Amali Rodrigo

Amali Rodrigo was born and raised in Sri Lanka and is currently researching a PhD while working as an associate lecturer at Lancaster University. She was the recipient of the Magma Judge’s Prize and second prize in the Poetry London poetry competition in 2012 and numerous other prizes.


Jennifer Wong

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jennifer Wong now lives in the UK. Her works have appeared in publications such as The RialtoStand, Oxford Poetry and The Warwick Review.

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