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Khairani Barokka in Conversation with Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz

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Watch a recording of poet and artist Khairani Barokka and curator Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz for this conversation about Khairani’s new work ‘[Molekuler]’.  

This new work consists of poetry and images that weave together narratives from headlines, histories and personal experiences during the pandemic. ‘[Molekuler]’ critiques the notion of what was ‘hidden’ during the Covid-19 pandemic. Accessibility is creatively woven into the work, with the poems describing the images.  

Bárbara and Khairani talk about the making of the work and explore intertwined stories, from colonial legacies to today’s health inequities. Khairani also reads extracts from the work alongside sharing some of the images. The speakers self-describe and describe visual elements of the event.

‘[Molekuler]’ was commissioned by Wellcome Collection as part of a programme of new artworks for the collection interrogating the impact of the UK government Covid-19 campaign ‘Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’. 



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Picture in black and white of Okka writing in Indonesian on a paper floor with a pen. She’s wearing a patterned black and batik dress, with short hair and black and silver earrings. If you’re using this image, kindly credit photographer Derrick Kakembo.

Khairani Barokka


Khairani Barokka (b. Jakarta, 1985) is a writer, poet and artist in London. She’s a practice-based researcher, whose work centres disability justice as anti-colonial praxis. Among her honours, she was an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow for her Masters at ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program), and Indonesia’s first Writer-In-Residence at Vermont Studio Center. She was Modern Poetry in Translation’s Inaugural Poet-in-Residence, and is currently Research Fellow at University of the Arts London’s Decolonising Arts Institute, Associate Artist at the National Centre for Writing (Norwich, UK) and Associate Artist at Delfina Foundation.

Black and white photographic head and shoulders portrait of Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz standing in an exhibition gallery space. She is wearing a checked dress with her arms folded across her front. Behind her are framed artworks on the walls.

Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz


Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz is a curator at Wellcome Collection, London. Her exhibitions include ‘This is a Voice’ (2016), ‘Bedlam’ (co-curated with Mike Jay, 2016), ‘Ayurvedic Man’ (2018), ‘Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery: Misbehaving Bodies’ (co-curated with George Vasey, 2019 –20) and ‘Un encuentro vegetal’/‘Rooted Beings’ (forthcoming: La Casa Encendida/Wellcome Collection). Bárbara is Guest Editor of the anthology ‘Documents of Contemporary Art: HEALTH’ (2020). She has written for Afterall, Concreta, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, MARG and Mousse Publishing. She holds a Masters in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London.