L. (Leonor) Veiga de Oliveira

  • PhD student

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2750
E-Mail: l.veiga@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, KG Moderne beeldende kunst
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.19

Fields of interest

My field of interest touches upon disciplines such as anthropology, ethnography and art history. Yet a contextual overarching view appears necessary, reason for a research that encompasses other disciplines such as political history, post-colonial theory and post-modernism.

I am interested in how Western academicism, with its all-encompassing systematisation, is under threat because contemporary art practices from several regions of the world, which are rooted in traditional arts, question taxonomies inherited from the colonial period, and which remain being utilised.

I also have a deep interest in traditional textiles and crafts from all the world.


This research investigates how and why contemporary artists from Southeast Asia frequently employ elements from traditional arts, crafts and narratives in their practice.

Teaching activities

2012 Contemporary Art Themes I - Faculty of Fine Arts, Lisbon University

Curriculum vitae

  • 2012: PhD Researcher – Leiden University Graduate School of Humanities. Supervisor Professor C.J.M. Zijlmans (current) 

  • 2010 – 08: Research Masters in Curatorial Studies at the Fine Arts School of Lisbon University (Pre-Bologna).  Cum Laude.

  • 2003 – 96: Degree in Industrial Design + BA Honours in Design (5 years) (Pre-Bologna). Fine-Arts School of Lisbon (University of Lisbon). Classification 15/20.

Key publications

  • 2015 «Movimentu Kultura in Timor-Leste: Maria Madeira’s agency», Cadernos Arte e Antropologia: Dossiê Arte, agência e efeitos de poder em Timor-Leste, vol 4, no 1.

  • 2012 «Contemporary feminist voices», 6th Conference Event: Art and Gender, ed. by CIEBA (Research and Studies Center for Fine Arts, Francisco de Holanda Section). Lisbon: University of Lisbon, Faculty of Fine-Arts. 

  • 2011 – «Suddenly we arrived: polarities and paradoxes of Indonesian Contemporary Art», Indonesian Eye: Contemporary Art from Indonesia, Edited by Serenella Ciclitira. Milano: SKIRA, 2011.

  • 2011 – «Sculpture: disappearing or expanding?», Expansion – The Great Exhibition of Indonesian Sculpture. Jakarta: Galeri Nasional Jakarta and SIGI Art Space, 2011.

  • 2011 – «Regarding the Epic», Second Skin: Peeling Back the Layers. Jakarta and Kalamazoo: Galeri Canna Jakarta and Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, USA, 2011.

  • 2010 – «Memory and Contemporaneity: Indonesian Contemporary Art», Dissertation for Master in Curatorial Studies. Lisbon: Fine Arts Faculty of Lisbon University / Gulbenkian Foundation.

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