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Boedi Widjaja, <i>Black—Hut</i>, 2016, Steel, wood, calcium silicate panels, pigment, concrete, mica, salt; accompanied by sound installation, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, Black—Hut, 2016, Steel, wood, calcium silicate panels, pigment, concrete, mica, salt; accompanied by sound installation, dimensions variable
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Boedi Widjaja, Black—Hut, 2016, Steel, wood, calcium silicate panels, pigment, concrete, mica, salt; accompanied by sound installation, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Black—Hut</i>, 2016, Steel, wood, calcium silicate panels, pigment, concrete, mica, salt; accompanied by sound installation, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, Black—Hut, 2016, Steel, wood, calcium silicate panels, pigment, concrete, mica, salt; accompanied by sound installation, dimensions variable
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HGPBW001
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Boedi Widjaja, Black—Hut, 2016, Steel, wood, calcium silicate panels, pigment, concrete, mica, salt; accompanied by sound installation, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Black—Hut</i>, 2016, Steel, wood, calcium silicate panels, pigment, concrete, mica, salt; accompanied by sound installation, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, Black—Hut, 2016, Steel, wood, calcium silicate panels, pigment, concrete, mica, salt; accompanied by sound installation, dimensions variable
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HGPBW001
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Boedi Widjaja, Black—Hut, 2016, Steel, wood, calcium silicate panels, pigment, concrete, mica, salt; accompanied by sound installation, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Art is only a continuation of war by other means</i>, 2016, UV Inkjet vinyl print on steel, 31 x 1535 x 2 in.
Boedi Widjaja, Art is only a continuation of war by other means, 2016, UV Inkjet vinyl print on steel, 31 x 1535 x 2 in.
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HG-16-35
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Boedi Widjaja, Art is only a continuation of war by other means, 2016, UV Inkjet vinyl print on steel, 31 x 1535 x 2 in.
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Art is only a continuation of war by other means</i>, 2016, UV Inkjet vinyl print on steel, 31 x 1535 x 2 in.
Boedi Widjaja, Art is only a continuation of war by other means, 2016, UV Inkjet vinyl print on steel, 31 x 1535 x 2 in.
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HG-16-35
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Boedi Widjaja, Art is only a continuation of war by other means, 2016, UV Inkjet vinyl print on steel, 31 x 1535 x 2 in.
Boedi Widjaja, <i>PATH. 8, INVISIBLE CITIES 。 云海游</i>, 2016, Live art, performed at the 57th Venice Biennale, with 'sail carriage' and artist-made graphite frottages, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, PATH. 8, INVISIBLE CITIES 。 云海游, 2016, Live art, performed at the 57th Venice Biennale, with 'sail carriage' and artist-made graphite frottages, dimensions variable
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HG-17-35
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Boedi Widjaja, PATH. 8, INVISIBLE CITIES 。 云海游, 2016, Live art, performed at the 57th Venice Biennale, with 'sail carriage' and artist-made graphite frottages, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, <i>PATH. 8, INVISIBLE CITIES 。 云海游</i>, 2016, Live art, performed at the 57th Venice Biennale, with 'sail carriage' and artist-made graphite frottages, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, PATH. 8, INVISIBLE CITIES 。 云海游, 2016, Live art, performed at the 57th Venice Biennale, with 'sail carriage' and artist-made graphite frottages, dimensions variable
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HG-17-35
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Boedi Widjaja, PATH. 8, INVISIBLE CITIES 。 云海游, 2016, Live art, performed at the 57th Venice Biennale, with 'sail carriage' and artist-made graphite frottages, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, <i>PATH. 8, INVISIBLE CITIES 。 云海游</i>, 2016, Live art, performed at the 57th Venice Biennale, with 'sail carriage' and artist-made graphite frottages, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, PATH. 8, INVISIBLE CITIES 。 云海游, 2016, Live art, performed at the 57th Venice Biennale, with 'sail carriage' and artist-made graphite frottages, dimensions variable
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HG-17-35
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Boedi Widjaja, PATH. 8, INVISIBLE CITIES 。 云海游, 2016, Live art, performed at the 57th Venice Biennale, with 'sail carriage' and artist-made graphite frottages, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Imaginary Homeland: 放下武器跟我走 (LAY DOWN YOUR WEAPON, FOLLOW ME)</i>, 2016, 28 pecis (traditional Indonesian hats), brass, chrome, foam, vintage camera tripod; and 28 peci pinhole negatives on Ilford paper in individual frames, 55 x 66 in. (140 x 168 cm)
Boedi Widjaja, Imaginary Homeland: 放下武器跟我走 (LAY DOWN YOUR WEAPON, FOLLOW ME), 2016, 28 pecis (traditional Indonesian hats), brass, chrome, foam, vintage camera tripod; and 28 peci pinhole negatives on Ilford paper in individual frames, 55 x 66 in. (140 x 168 cm)
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HG-18-35
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Boedi Widjaja, Imaginary Homeland: 放下武器跟我走 (LAY DOWN YOUR WEAPON, FOLLOW ME), 2016, 28 pecis (traditional Indonesian hats), brass, chrome, foam, vintage camera tripod; and 28 peci pinhole negatives on Ilford paper in individual frames, 55 x 66 in. (140 x 168 cm)
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Imaginary Homeland: 勇敢留下來 II (BRAVELY STAYED II)</i>, 2015, Archival print on Hahnemuehle German Etching, Diptych, 20.4 x 16.5 in. each
Boedi Widjaja, Imaginary Homeland: 勇敢留下來 II (BRAVELY STAYED II), 2015, Archival print on Hahnemuehle German Etching, Diptych, 20.4 x 16.5 in. each
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HG-19-35
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Boedi Widjaja, Imaginary Homeland: 勇敢留下來 II (BRAVELY STAYED II), 2015, Archival print on Hahnemuehle German Etching, Diptych, 20.4 x 16.5 in. each
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Imaginary Homeland: 我是不是该安静地走开 (SHALL I QUIETLY WALK AWAY)</i>, 2015, Graphite on paper, acrylic, steel and camera tripod, 18.1 x 18.1 x 35.4 in.
Boedi Widjaja, Imaginary Homeland: 我是不是该安静地走开 (SHALL I QUIETLY WALK AWAY), 2015, Graphite on paper, acrylic, steel and camera tripod, 18.1 x 18.1 x 35.4 in.
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Boedi Widjaja, Imaginary Homeland: 我是不是该安静地走开 (SHALL I QUIETLY WALK AWAY), 2015, Graphite on paper, acrylic, steel and camera tripod, 18.1 x 18.1 x 35.4 in.
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Imaginary Homeland: 就是找不到往你的方向 (Can't find my way to you)</i>, 2015, Archival print under diasec, 47.2 x 31.4 in. (120 x 80 cm), Ed. of 4 + 1 AP
Boedi Widjaja, Imaginary Homeland: 就是找不到往你的方向 (Can't find my way to you), 2015, Archival print under diasec, 47.2 x 31.4 in. (120 x 80 cm), Ed. of 4 + 1 AP
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HG-21-35
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Boedi Widjaja, Imaginary Homeland: 就是找不到往你的方向 (Can't find my way to you), 2015, Archival print under diasec, 47.2 x 31.4 in. (120 x 80 cm), Ed. of 4 + 1 AP
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Sungai, Sejarah 河流,历史,源</i>, 2012, acrylic, graphite and stone deposit on paper, series of 99, 15 x 11 in. (38 x 28 cm) each
Boedi Widjaja, Sungai, Sejarah 河流,历史,源, 2012, acrylic, graphite and stone deposit on paper, series of 99, 15 x 11 in. (38 x 28 cm) each
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HG-62-35
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Boedi Widjaja, Sungai, Sejarah 河流,历史,源, 2012, acrylic, graphite and stone deposit on paper, series of 99, 15 x 11 in. (38 x 28 cm) each
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Sungai, Sejarah 河流,历史,源</i>, 2012, acrylic, graphite and stone deposit on paper, series of 99, 15 x 11 in. (38 x 28 cm) each
Boedi Widjaja, Sungai, Sejarah 河流,历史,源, 2012, acrylic, graphite and stone deposit on paper, series of 99, 15 x 11 in. (38 x 28 cm) each
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HG-62-35
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Boedi Widjaja, Sungai, Sejarah 河流,历史,源, 2012, acrylic, graphite and stone deposit on paper, series of 99, 15 x 11 in. (38 x 28 cm) each
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Black—Hut</i>, 2016, Steel, wood, calcium silicate panels, pigment, concrete, mica, salt; accompanied by sound installation, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Black—Hut</i>, 2016, Steel, wood, calcium silicate panels, pigment, concrete, mica, salt; accompanied by sound installation, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Black—Hut</i>, 2016, Steel, wood, calcium silicate panels, pigment, concrete, mica, salt; accompanied by sound installation, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Art is only a continuation of war by other means</i>, 2016, UV Inkjet vinyl print on steel, 31 x 1535 x 2 in.
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Art is only a continuation of war by other means</i>, 2016, UV Inkjet vinyl print on steel, 31 x 1535 x 2 in.
Boedi Widjaja, <i>PATH. 8, INVISIBLE CITIES 。 云海游</i>, 2016, Live art, performed at the 57th Venice Biennale, with 'sail carriage' and artist-made graphite frottages, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, <i>PATH. 8, INVISIBLE CITIES 。 云海游</i>, 2016, Live art, performed at the 57th Venice Biennale, with 'sail carriage' and artist-made graphite frottages, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, <i>PATH. 8, INVISIBLE CITIES 。 云海游</i>, 2016, Live art, performed at the 57th Venice Biennale, with 'sail carriage' and artist-made graphite frottages, dimensions variable
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Imaginary Homeland: 放下武器跟我走 (LAY DOWN YOUR WEAPON, FOLLOW ME)</i>, 2016, 28 pecis (traditional Indonesian hats), brass, chrome, foam, vintage camera tripod; and 28 peci pinhole negatives on Ilford paper in individual frames, 55 x 66 in. (140 x 168 cm)
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Imaginary Homeland: 勇敢留下來 II (BRAVELY STAYED II)</i>, 2015, Archival print on Hahnemuehle German Etching, Diptych, 20.4 x 16.5 in. each
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Imaginary Homeland: 我是不是该安静地走开 (SHALL I QUIETLY WALK AWAY)</i>, 2015, Graphite on paper, acrylic, steel and camera tripod, 18.1 x 18.1 x 35.4 in.
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Imaginary Homeland: 就是找不到往你的方向 (Can't find my way to you)</i>, 2015, Archival print under diasec, 47.2 x 31.4 in. (120 x 80 cm), Ed. of 4 + 1 AP
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Sungai, Sejarah 河流,历史,源</i>, 2012, acrylic, graphite and stone deposit on paper, series of 99, 15 x 11 in. (38 x 28 cm) each
Boedi Widjaja, <i>Sungai, Sejarah 河流,历史,源</i>, 2012, acrylic, graphite and stone deposit on paper, series of 99, 15 x 11 in. (38 x 28 cm) each

Biography

Named one of ArtReview Asia's FutureGreats 2014, the works of Boedi Widjaja (b. 1975, Java, Indonesia) connect to diverse conceptual references through his own lived experience of migration, culture and aesthetics. Immigrating to Singapore at the age of 9, Widjaja's works draw on his experiences, investigating concerns regarding diaspora, hybridity, travel and isolation. Often process-based and conceptually-charged, Widjaja's artistic outcomes take the form of multiple mediums ranging from drawings to installations, sound and live art.

 

Widjaja's practice has been described as "at once autobiographical and oblique"; as curator of Singapore Art Museum, Louis Ho, remarked, "the effects of displacement – its trauma, anxieties and melancholy – are channelled through materially-oriented explorations of the immigrant’s estrangement and experience". As a person of Chinese descent, Widjaja was sent abroad to escape the Sinophobic policies of the former Indonesian President Suharto's New Order. Widjaja spent much of his childhood and adolescence apart from both his parents and birthplace. Noting that he "never felt like [he] belonged to any people group", Widjaja's work reference his own personal memories, and address the wider conversation about immigration and the immigrant. 

 

Boedi Widjaja currently lives and works in Singapore. He has shown in numerous exhibitions internationally, including: MAP1: Waterways (2017), Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale; Jerusalem Biennale (2017); Yinchuan Biennale (2016), China; From East to the Barbican (2015), Barbican, London; Infinity in flux (2015), ArtJog, Indonesia; and Bains Numériques #7 (2012), Enghien-les-Bains, France. The artist’s solo exhibitions include: Black—Hut (2016), Singapore Biennale Affiliate Project, ICA Singapore; Path. 6, Unpacking my Library 。书城 (2014), Esplanade, Singapore; and Sungai, Sejarah 河流, 历史, 源 (2012), YRAC S-Base, Singapore.

 

Recent accolades include: Top 10 Winner, FID Prize (2017); Finalist, Sovereign Asian Art Prize (2015); ArtReview Asia FutureGreats (2014) ; Grand Prize (Sound Arts; with David Letellier), Bains Numeriques, France (2012); and First Prize, Land Transport Authority Beauty World Station (2012).

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11.19.2018
THE SINGAPORE SERIES
Contemporary Art Reportage
03.20.2018
ArtAsiaPacific
Asia Pacific Triennale Releases first Roster of Participating Artists for 2018 Edition
02.17.2018
Art Agenda
Singapore Art Week
01.23.2018
Catalog
Retracing Paths: Interview with Boedi Widjaja
01.23.2018
Artitute
Boedi Widjaja's Tiger, Harimau, Macan – shortlisted for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2015
01.31.2017
Bulletin
Boedi Widjaja in "10 Asian Artists who will Shape the Future'
01.10.2017
LEAP Magazine
BOEDI WIDJAJA: BLACK-HUT
05.27.2016
Art Radar
Singapore Biennale 2016 announces regional artists and projects
03.05.2016
Harvest and Wine
An interview with Boedi Widjaja
01.31.2016
d+a
Susie Wong reviews Boedi Widjaja's 'Black–Hut'
12.31.2014
ArtReview Asia
Boedi Widjaja: FutureGreat Asia 2014, selected by Louis Ho
03.01.2014
Catalog Magazine
Meet the Artist: Boedi Widjaja on Time and John Cage
01.21.2014
Artitute
Boedi Widjaja: Drawing Cage
01.14.2014
SG Magazine
Interview: Boedi Widjaja of Drawing Cage
08.16.2012
Artitute
The Present Body: A Conversation with local artist Boedi Widjaja, Part 1
07.14.2012
Culture Push
Exhibition: Path.1 by Boedi Widjaja