Brigitta Isabella (b.1989) graduated from the department of Philosophy at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta in 2012 and continued her studies in Critical Methodologies at King’s College, London. Since 2011, she is a member in a research collective based in Yogyakarta, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center. Last year in 2014, she participated in 89plus x Google Cultural Institute residency program in Paris and recently she is taking part in Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of South East Asian Art, a research program funded through the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative.
KUNCI Cultural Studies Center inhabits a precarious position of belonging to neither this nor that within existing disciplinary boundaries while aiming at expanding them. The collective’s membership is open and voluntary, and is so far based on an affinity to creative experimentation and speculative inquiry with focus on intersections between theory and practice. Since its founding in 1999 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, KUNCI has been deeply preoccupied with critical knowledge production and sharing through means of media publication, cross-disciplinary encounter, research-action, artistic intervention and vernacular education within and across community spaces.
Under Hong Kong’s Migrant Domestic Worker Project, Para Site collaboratived with KUNCI to develop A Room of Their Own. This project includes Klub Baca Selepas Kerja [The Afterwork Reading Group] ,a reading group of six sessions dedicated to literature on gendered migration and a publication.