Currently, we are a team of three: Chita, Diana and Grace!
Akmalia Rizqita (b. Jakarta) or better known as ‘Chita’, currently lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia. She’s particularly fond of organizing and taking care of things in her surroundings—be it physical space, research projects, and exhibitions. In between her daily routine as the gallery manager of RUBANAH Underground Hub, she is also involved in various research projects with Hyphen —, including Proses adalah ketika kita. (Process is when we.), towards Danarto’s biographical publication with Danarto dkk and Hyphen —; As if there is no sun, towards a biography and retrospective of Kustiyah alongside with Sriyani Hudyonoto, Kartika Affandi, and Siti Ruliyati. She was also a member of the curatorial team of “Jakarta Biennale 2021: ESOK”.
Chita believes that RUBANAH has always been a place to experiment and try things that are not possible anywhere else, not only in terms of programming, but also the way we work with people and care for each other in the process.
Diana Wibawa (b. Singapore) brings a wealth of experience having led and realized challenging exhibitions and museum projects in her previous roles at Singapore Tyler Print Institute (2004-2006), NUS Museum (2007) in Singapore as well as Yuz Museum (2008-2019), Jakarta and Shanghai. In her last appointment as Director in Art Agenda (2020-2021), she built the Jakarta venture of the gallery before joining RUBANAH. Prior to that, Diana was the Deputy Director of Yuz Foundation, Shanghai, where she developed the museum from the ground up alongside founder Budi Tek, first in Jakarta in 2008, and then in Shanghai from 2014. In this role, she was involved in the conception and execution of KAWS – Where the End Starts Exhibition (2016-2017) and Random International’s Rain Room (2015-2019). Diana was also instrumental in brokering the landmark collaboration between YUZ Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to develop and share exhibitions and programs across the institutions.
Diana’s vision is to put RUBANAH into the map of the international art scene and that when one ask for a recommendation for a gallery in Indonesia, we will be the first name to be mentioned!
Grace Samboh (b. Jakarta) is in search of what comprises a curatorial work within her surrounding scene. She jigs within the existing elements of the arts scene around her for she considers the claim that Indonesia is lacking art infrastructure especially the state-owned or state run as something outdated. She believes that curating is about understanding and making at the same time. Recent research and curatorial works of hers includes Proses adalah ketika kita. (Process is when we.), towards Danarto’s biographical publication with Danarto dkk and Hyphen —; As if there is no sun, towards a biography and retrospective of Kustiyah alongside with Sriyani Hudyonoto, Kartika Affandi, and Siti Ruliyati; “Jakarta Biennale 2021: ESOK”; “Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories” a joint venture between Galeri Nasional Indonesia, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and Goethe-Institut (2021-2022).
Grace want’s to challenge idea of a gallery, of a business venture. When one is operating in it, can one think about taking care of each other? She thrives for the new version of RUBANAH to become a way of trying it out!