Amanda Pinatih is Design Curator at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Here she provides the vast design collection with new perspectives. Her experimental working method is characterized by developing other forms of knowledge transfer and explores how historical collections can work participatively and associatively on younger generations. Through exhibitions and projects, she responds to today’s social, political, decolonial, environmental and economic issues.
Photo: Semuel Souhuwat
Simultaneously as a PhD candidate at the VU Amsterdam, Amanda Pinatih is researching what Indonesian objects, that came to the Netherlands during colonial times, afford in contestations of belonging for young people who self-identify as Dutch-Indonesian. She is also co-founder of the Design Museum Dharavi in Mumbai (IN), the first museum of its kind, that was based in the homegrown neighbourhood of Dharavi. It showcased local talent through a nomadic exhibition space and employed design as a tool to promote social change and innovation on a global scale. In addition, the museum was constantly challenging the boundaries of what a museum can be.
Amanda Pinatih is member of the Creative Advisory Council of The State of Fashion and board member of The Young Collectors Circle that aims to inspire a new generation of art collectors; not only to enrich their own lives, but also to sustainably support the art sector. As a design and art professional Amanda has presented, curated and produced projects and exhibitions at Broken Nature Triennale Milano, The New York Times ‘Art for Tomorrow’ conference in Doha, The Grand Palais in Paris, Salone del Mobile in Milan, Palais Bahia in Marrakech, the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, the Netherlands-Russia year in Moscow, The New Institute in Rotterdam, The National Maritime Museum, Droog Design in Amsterdam and for the worldwide published high-end fashion magazine L’OFFICIEL.