Leonor Veiga


Leonor Veiga (b. 1978) currently a PhD candidate at Leiden University (LUCAS), researches for her thesis Recalling Tradition in Southeast Asia, the manner in which Southeast Asian contemporary art practices employ elements of traditional culture in the discourse of contemporary art. These works defy inherited classifications of art, art history and museum practices. The thesis is supervised by Prof. Kitty Zijlmans. L. Veiga is also an Associate Researcher at CIEBA (Fine Arts Research and Studies Centre) at the Fine Arts School, Lisbon University, since 2010. In 2012 she began lecturing at this institute. Her curatorial projects include exhibitions in diverse locations: Crossing Signs (Yogakarta and Jakarta, 2011), Maritime Museum (Ilha de Mozambique, 2007), Indonesian Batik (Macau Centre for Creative Industries, 2007). Her writing on the arts has mainly focused on Indonesian and Timor-Leste contemporary arts, with a focus on the impact of traditional arts. Essays written “Suddenly we arrived: polarities and paradoxes of Indonesian Contemporary Art”, published in Indonesian Eye: Contemporary Art from Indonesia, edited by Serenella Ciclitira (Milano: SKIRA Editore S.p.A., 2011). Her research for the Baroque 1620 - 1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence exhibition was part of her internship at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK for a period of 6 months (2008). Her activities include the mentoring of young students in traditional crafts from Indonesia, specifically batik as well as specialising in the communication and intercultural production of knowledge between the continents of Asia and Europe. Veiga has archived the curatorial work and writings by Shaheen Merali for shaheenmerali.com.