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Episode 02: creating links in Indonesia: Interview with the art psychotherapist Ardhana Riswarie

Podcast about art therapy and ways to work creatively with displacement, trauma and difference

An interview with Ardhana Riswarie – conducted by Carolyn Krueger

In this interview Ardhana speaks about her experiences of working in her native Indonesia after art therapy training in London, UK. She reflects on the role of art as a means that can be experienced as inclusive or exclusive by different social groups and how she uses its empowering aspects in therapy.

Ardhana recently developed and supervised a creative community building activity on Lombok after the earthquake shook the island in 2018. Within this frame she speaks about the diversity within the Indonesian culture and how this translates into art making and into her own identity as an art therapist.

The books that have inspired Ardhana’s work are:
“Art Therapy in Asia: To the Bone or Wrapped in Silk” by Debra L. Kalmanowitz, Siu Mei Chan, Jordan S. Potash
“Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters” by Joshua Miller

Music by Christian Umlauf, Olly and Joshua Booth

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