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Victoria Kosasie (Indonesia)

“My dad told me when he was a kid during the New Order, he would rub his eyes until creases above his eyelids are formed, and would repeat this again when they disappeared. He did so to look more native Indonesian, in a period where the Chinese ethnic population were regarded as second class citizens.”


Victoria Kosasie is a performance and video artist based in London and Bali.

She is informed by postcolonial feminist literature, interrogating the conflation of womanhood with motherhood in Indonesia, and whether maternal piety may silence or empower the feminine subject. Exploring this through her position of an Indonesian woman in the UK, her work revisits and reconfigures traditions, idioms, and habits distinct to her upbringing – imagining a ‘hybrid home’ where she is the sole subject. Victoria is also a member of Unamed, an artist-run collective of Southeast Asian artists based in London. She is the winner of the Barry Martin Prize for Experimental Art 2022, and is the recipient of the seventh biennial Bandung Contemporary Art Award (BaCAA 7).