Elly Kent is the editor of New Mandala. Elly has published widely on artists and art practices in Indonesia and has also worked extensively as a translator for arts organisations in Indonesia. Her book, 'Artists and the People, Ideologies of Art in Indonesia', (NUS Press, 2022) examines why so many artists in the world’s largest archipelagic nation choose to work directly with people in their art practices. Elly is an alumna of the Endeavour Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Postgraduate Award, Deputy Director of the ANU’s Indonesia Institute and a member of the Asia: Innovation and Transformation Research Hub at the School of Art and Design. She is co-editor, with Dr Caroline Turner and Emeritus Professor Virginia Hooker, of the forthcoming book 'Living Art: Indonesian Artists Engage Politics, Society and History' (ANU Press).