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Dr Khairani Barokka

Research Fellow UAL Decolonising Arts Institute
University of the Arts London
Researcher Research
Khairani  Barokka


Dr Khairani Barokka is an Indonesian writer, poet, researcher, editor, and interdisciplinary artist based in London. Her work centres disability justice as anticolonial praxis; she often focusses on ableist racism and patriarchy as affective flows in contemporary colonial violences, including in the fine art world. Okka has presented work extensively, in sixteen countries, and is the recipient of nine residencies and multiple grants, commissions and award nominations. Okka received a PhD by Practice in Goldsmiths’ Visual Cultures Department, as an LPDP Scholar. She was an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow for her masters, Modern Poetry in Translation’s inaugural Poet-in-Residence, and a UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change for arts practice and research. Okka is creator of works for the stage such as Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee, a one-woman, D/deaf-accessible poetry-art show and Indonesia’s only Edinburgh Fringe Festival representative in 2014, for which she was writer, performer, and producer; co-editor of HEAT: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology (Fixi) and Saboteur Award-nominated Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches), a Poetry School Book of the Year; author-illustrator of Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis, Vietnamese translation by Red (Yen Hai) out with AJAR Press), nominated for a Goldsmiths Public Engagement Award; and author of the poetry collection Rope (Nine Arches Press). She has also been a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee. Recent commissions are from Wellcome Collection, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Serpentine, and the Baltic Triennial Prelude, as well as an exhibition at SALTS Basel that was named an Artforum Must-See. A frequent public speaker, Okka’s work has been featured multiple times by the BBC, and by many other outlets including CNN and ABC Australia. She is published in Art Monthly, Feminist Review, GRANTA (forthcoming), The White Review, The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Wasafiri, The New Inquiry, Ambit, Asymptote, and widely elsewhere in other journals, anthologies and art books. More work is at