The Queer Indonesia Archive is a digital archiving project committed to the collection, preservation and celebration of material reflecting the lives and experiences of queer Indonesia.The project is volunteer run, community focused and non-profit
Remembering Bunda Dorce – Indonesia’s first trans superstar
Dorce Gamalama breathed her last breath on the 16th of February 2022. Her figure as a multi-talented star must not only be remembered because it is part of the history of pop culture of our country, but also because Dorce’s
Broken Pencil Magazine explores the Zines in our collection
Survival and Revival: 40 Years of Queer Indonesian Zines
Queer Indonesia Archive Featured in Anotasi
Check out our article in the recently published Anotasi - Sejarah Edition
Vice Magazine features QIA
Vice magazine features Queer Indonesia Archive and the importance of the early gay publications in our collection.
CollectingWe work with communities to collect materials, conduct digitisation & record oral histories
CelebrationWe build collaborative exhibitions & promote creative use of the archive holdings
of the 80s, 90s and 00s
Small-scale, independently published magazines were a dominant medium of expression for the Indonesian lesbian and gay communities before the advent of the internet. Beginning with the first publication in 1982 and ending with a slow transition to the internet by the mid-2000s, for two decades these magazines connected communities all over Indonesia and allowed them to imagine new futures and new possibilities for themselves and people like them.
An Incomplete History
Jakarta in the 90s
Jakarta in the 90s was a city of contradiction; embodying both the conservatism of the Orde Baru regime and the rapid changes brought by unfettered capitalist expansion and globalisation. These excesses would eventually end in the Asian Financial crisis and the overthrow of the Orde Baru regime in 1998. This exhibition will allow a portal into the lives of the queer communities that partied and struggled throughout the decade that would change Indonesia forever.
A history of HIV/AIDS and the queer community response based on materials from Queer Indonesia Archive
& Queers in Indonesia:
When the first known AIDS-related death in Indonesia was reported in 1987, the spectre of the virus had already been cast across the archipelago. In response to the lack of government concern about their communities, queer community leaders took it upon themselves to communicate the risks and repercussions of HIV. This exhibition showcases the story of HIV in Indonesia throughout the first two decades of the epidemic with a focus on the response from queer communities - a story of resilience, death, humour and ultimately hope.
Academia & ResearchA library list and materials related to academic writing and research
Submit MaterialsIf you think that you have items that might be of interest to the Archive click below
QIA is interested in all materials that can be digitised. This may include personal papers and organisational records; periodicals; books; magazines; zines; posters; photographs; films; video recordings; sound recordings (oral history, radio programs, conference speeches events, etc.); newspaper clippings; theses; articles; pamphlets; flyers; invitations; cards; badges; T-shirts; banners; objects; born digital objects; websites; blogs, etc.