A graduate of Studio Ceramics, Fine Arts Study Program at the Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in 2002, Keni Soeriaatmadja received The Ganesha Prize Award from the institution as the best student in 2002 who was then awarded a scholarship to run a short program in The Netherlands. Keni chose to take a short module at The Amsterdam School of The Arts, focusing on Museology, where she learned about the important role of a curator and program director in museums and art institutions. Keni completed her master’s degree in Anthropology at the Faculty of Social and Political Affairs, Padjadjaran University in 2019.
Dancing and performing arts have a big role in her life. Keni has studied traditional Balinese dance since childhood. Keni realizes that dance and performing arts in Indonesia have the potential to generate critical thinking about socio-cultural developments in society and contribute to the development of culture in general. Therefore, through the Foundation’s Innovative Arts Grant, she founded the Sasikirana Dance Camp, a contemporary dance platform that is open to young Indonesian dancers to receive intensive training to improve technical skills, critical thinking, and conceptual frameworks. This dance camp is held annually from 2015-2018 at NuArt Sculpture Park, an art gallery and museum owned by Nyoman Nuarta – an Indonesian sculpture maestro, where Keni once worked as a Program Manager.
Keni is currently developing Documentary Dance, a story-telling platform for dance performers in Indonesia which is expected to be a source of study for mapping performing arts actors in this country. Keni serves as Supervisory Board member at Koalisi Seni.