Boedi Widjaja: Declaration of

Literary Reading

Co-presented by Helwaser Gallery and Singapore Unbound
in conjunction with Boedi Widjaja: Declaration of

Threshold II
Literary Reading
Monday, September 16, 2019, 7-9 PM

In the last Cold War, Third World leaders, such as Indonesia's Sukarno, attempted to carve out a space of autonomy between the Great Powers. Artist Boedi Widjaja begins the evening by speaking about the significance of that historical moment to his work. Then three authors from different sides of that past conflict—Claudia Serea, Donald Breckenridge, and Celina Su—read from their work to find a common and autonomous space for literature and art in the midst of rising geopolitical tensions again.

About the speakers
Claudia Serea’s work appeared in Field, New Letters, Ambit, and elsewhere. She is the author of Twoxism (8th House Publishing, 2019) and a founding editor of National Translation Month.

Donald Breckenridge is the Fiction Editor of The Brooklyn Rail, co-Editor and co-Founder of InTranslation, Editor of The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology (2006) and The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology 2 (2013). In addition, he is the author of more than a dozen plays, and four novels including, And Then, which was published by Godine/Black Sparrow in the spring of 2017.

Celina Su’s first book of poetry, Landia, was published by Belladonna*. Her writing includes three books on the politics of social policy and civil society, and pieces in n+1, Harper’s, and elsewhere. Su is a Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York.

Singapore Unbound is a NYC-based literary non-profit dedicated to the struggle for freedom of expression and equal rights for all through cultural exchange and literary activism. 


Access Info
The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, RSVP is required (email The gallery is located on the third floor of a non-elevator building.

Cover image:
Boedi Widjaja, 九百九十九朵玫瑰 (Nine Hundred and Ninety-Nine Roses), 2019. 9 pinhole photos, brass, foam, tripod stand, peci, Dimensions variable.