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Poetry and Art with Khairani Barokka

South Kilburn Studios, July 19, 2014

Performing at Eve and Mary are having coffee

I will be performing ‘Eve and Mary are having coffee’, a solo spoken word art show in London (Preview), the International Federation for Theatre Research World Congress at the University of Warwick (Preview Excerpt), Edinburgh Fringe.

July 14, 2014


I’d like to say hello to my new website!

June 9, 2014

“Shooting Okka”, Mukha (India)

After the 3+ hour long interview and hogging at Gostana (one of our favourite restaurants in Bombay), we knew that our very talented friend, and photographer Natasha would be perfect for capturing the essence of the interview.

February 15, 2014
okka tree hanging

Okka – Khairani Barokka, from Mukha

Khairani Barokka (Okka) is an Indonesian writer, performer, spoken word poet and an advocate/researcher who travels the world exploring disability rights and justice.

February 12, 2014

Personal Narrative: Love, Sex, and (Dis)ability

Seeing and talking about differently-abled bodies in the mainstream media—positively—is rare. Even rarer is the portrayal of individuals with romantic and sexual needs and desires. For me, it was Marion Cotillard performance in the film Rust and Bone that struck a chord and I am eagerly awaiting depictions of differently-abled WoC. In today’s piece, Khairani […]

December 30, 2013

“TEDxYouth at IITM”, The Fifth Estate (India)

Khairani Barokka, dressed in a “lazy and traditional” Indonesian outfit, delivered her speech on ‘The Tao of Ouchies’

November 17, 2013

“TEDx Youth@Chennai: Tales of struggle and creativity inspire city youth”, The Times of India, November 11, 2013

Echoing Iyer’s thoughts on inclusion of the disabled was Khairani Barokka from Indonesia who was giving her second talk at the TEDx. The performer and artiste explained how she manages to be happy despite extreme pains she goes through everyday.

November 11, 2013

“Everglowing Khairani Barokka”, Brew (India)

When did you start? Poetry first or art? I wrote my first poem as a toddler, but when it comes down to it, I actually don’t like making a distinction between poetry and art! Poetry is an art form in itself, poetics exist in all art forms, and I find that in creative projects, the […]

November 1, 2013

“‘Women of Letters’ revives lost art with new voices”, Jakarta Post (Indonesia)

“Dear all the women over the entire span of human history, I wish I knew how to help.” The reading was part of a recent performance at the Salihara Theater in South Jakarta, where the audience was invited to follow the journey of women through time through their own words.

October 31, 2013

“Seniman Khairani Barokka: FPI Datang Dong”, TEMPO TV


October 20, 2013

“On Exchange: On Things Taken and Things Left Behind,” Laura Jean McKay, Kill Your Darlings (Australia)

Barokka is the sort of performance poet who can hold you completely still on the tip of her words, while exploding your mind with images. The complete article can be read at Kill Your Darlings.

September 30, 2013

“From Java to Filter Coffee”, The Hindu

Khairani Barokka, who performed her poetry at Spoonbill in Chennai recently, described her visit to the city as a mission in which she sought to find out ‘whose version of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana is better: Javanese or Tamil’ on her Facebook events page. 

September 19, 2013

Muka Bumi

Final part of the six-part science fiction series by Khairani Barokka Set in Jakarta, Khairani Barokka (Okka) introduces us to a dystopian world where people live with no reminders of history or appreciation of the past. A bleak world that revolves among two central characters of a grandmother and her granddaughter seeking to find meaning […]

August 8, 2013

“Art, Technology, and Disability”, with Rita of Indonesian Women with Disabilties Association (HWDI), RRI Pro 4 FM (Indonesia)

In an hour-long program, Okka discuss about art, technology, and disability issues, sharing her many experiences in traveling and conversing with many people all around the world about these issues.

August 7, 2013

Musim Durian

There is a culture of exoticising fruit, the ovaries of plant life, from certain tropical regions of the world. Consider the innumerable clichés and connotations associated with mango in particular, but also with papaya, rambutan, and guava. Or what people think of when they read the word ‘dragonfruit,’ in the same way that the words […]

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A writer-performer, artist, and social strategist

Khairani Barokka (“Okka”) is a writer, performer, artist, and researcher/advocate of inclusive arts for people of all abilities. She is waving hello to you right… about… NOW.

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I recently got a chance to join this wonderful team of TEDxJakarta. TEDx is an independently created TED event, a sharing session from people who inspired us with their ideas and activities.


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