Zaki Habibi is a media studies and visual culture researcher with a main interest in the interrelation between everyday life and cultural practice in cities. His research mainly address cultural issues within the sub-field of urban media and communication.
He holds a Master of Media and Cultural Studies from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia and a PhD in Media and Communication Studies from Lund University, Sweden. His doctoral monograph, entitled "Creative voices of the city: Articulating media, space and cultural identities by creative collectives in Southeast Asia", uses a combination of ethnography and photographic method. This project investigated how the creative collectives in this region form alternative spaces to live, work, and develop an organic and dynamic interplay between the physical, social and digitally mediated spaces of creative cities.
In his artistic practices, he is committed to documentary photography approach in its dynamic ways, opening to a wide array of possibilities either in the technological, conceptual, or narrative building of this photographic approach.
He was born in Indonesia, educated in Indonesia, Australia, and Sweden. He has been living in Sweden since 2016. "Abandoned and Beyond" (2015) is one of his documentary projects that has been exhibited in a collective exhibition in 2015. This project critically and visually elaborated the tensions between urban development and abandoned spaces in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. From March 2016 to the end of 2020, he has conducted another documentary project, exploring the creative voices and subtle resistance of everyday urban creativities in two cities in Southeast Asia: Bandung (Indonesia) and George Town (Malaysia). He is currently editing his first photobook that explores the relations between place-based memories, documentary narrative, and visual poetry; any funding support and publishing offers are most welcomed.