Leonor Veiga

Leonor Veiga is an art historian and curator, currently associated with the University of Lisbon through the project “A History of Presence: a dialogue between Portuguese collections of material culture from Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian artists” and curator of ARTFEM, Women Artists International Biennial of Macau SAR (2020). She holds Ph.D. from Leiden University (2018) with the dissertation entitled The Third Avant-Garde: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia Recalling Tradition. The research, which analyzed contemporary art practices from the region that reprocess elements of traditional culture, was supervised by Prof. Kitty Zijlmans and Prof. Dr. Pieter ter Keurs. The dissertation was awarded the Humanities Best Dissertation Prize, by the International Convention of Asian Scholars (2019). Her curatorial work (2006-20) includes exhibitions in Indonesia, Mozambique, London, Macau and Lisbon. Her writing on the arts (2010-20) has mainly focused on non-Western art. Veiga was Guest Editor for CONVOCARTE 8 and 9, with the theme “Art and Time” (2020) and published in several journals and books, including “Movimentu Kultura: Making Timor-Leste” in Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Timor-Leste (Routledge, 2019); “The Third Avant-garde: messages of discontent,” in Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia, vol.1 – no.2 (NUS Press, October 2017); “Movimentu Kultura in Timor-Leste: Maria Madeira’s Agency,” in Cadernos Arte e Antropologia vol. 4 – n. 1 (2015) and “Suddenly we arrived: polarities and paradoxes of Indonesian contemporary art,” in Indonesian Eye: Contemporary Art from Indonesia, SKIRA Editore (2011). For more information visit veiganor.com.

Photography: Tiago Miranda