Khairani Barokka in Conversation with Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz

  • Discussion
  • Speech-to-text
Photograph of a laptop sitting on a sofa next to a notepad and pen. The sofa has a multicoloured patchwork quilt with a green cushion. On the laptop screen is a live event showing Khairani Barokka who has dark hair tied back and is wearing a purple top. On the right is Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz who has shoulder-length brown hair and is wearing a red shirt. In the top left-hand corner of the screen is a red telephone icon with other video call icons “People” and “chat”.
Khairani Barokka in conversation with Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, Photo: Kathleen Arundell. Portraits: Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

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

You will be able to comment and ask questions during the event using YouTube Live Chat and Slido. Your microphone and camera will be switched off for the whole session. 

This event will be streamed live to our YouTube channel. After booking a ticket, you will receive a confirmation email with joining instructions. 

‘[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’. 

Live BSL interpretation of this event has been cancelled at short notice.

We will make a recording of the event with BSL interpretation available soon on our YouTube channel.

About your contributors

Photograph of Khairani Barokka

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.

Photograph of Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz 

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.



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