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Astara Light

Ph.D. Student in History of Art


Astara’s research centers on modern and contemporary Balinese painting, sculpture, and performance from primarily the 20th and 21st centuries. She looks at curatorial methods with a broader focus on Indonesian and Southeast Asian art. Her research examines religious practices, Indigeneity and identities in Bali, as well as the representation of physical movement and dance in visual media. She received a dual M.A. degree in the History of Art and Southeast Asian Studies from the University of California, Riverside, and her B.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays and FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies Program) award for Indonesian language training, and has done curatorial projects at the Legacy Art Gallery, affiliated with the University of Victoria, and the California Museum of Photography.


  • History of Art and Visual Studies