Elia Nurvista (born 1983) explores a wide range of art mediums with an interdisciplinary approach and focuses on the discourse on food. Through food, she intends to scrutinize power, social, and economic inequality in this world.
In 2015 she initiated Bakudapan, a food study group, with colleagues from different disciplines such as anthropology and philosophy. Bakudapan runs on the principle of complementarity and camaraderie between its members. With Bakudapan she has conducted research on food within the socio-political and cultural context. She is also part of Struggles for Sovereignty, the solidarity platform on Land, Water, Farming, Food which was initiated by Bakudapan and Bodies of Power/Power for Bodies (2020/2021).
She has participated in several exhibitions including Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka (2020), Karachi Biennale in Karachi (2019) and ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, at QAGOMA, Brisbane (2018) among others. She also curated Jogja Biennale Equator VI; Indonesia with Oceania (2021), ADAM LAB at TPAC (Taipei Performing Arts Center) with Transient Collective (2020), and solidarity platform about Land, Water, Farming, Food : Struggle for Sovereignty . She lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.