Boedi Widjaja

Singapore Biennale 2019

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) announces the title of the sixth edition of the Singapore Biennale – Every Step in the Right Direction. Through this title, Singapore Biennale 2019 (SB2019) will explore curatorial and artistic themes common to our human conditions and the catalytic role ‘hope’ plays in pushing for change. SB2019 will pivot on Southeast Asia, and from there, extend to the rest of the world. Taking place from 22 November 2019 to 22 March 2020, the four-month long international contemporary art exhibition is organised by SAM and commissioned by the National Arts Council, Singapore. SB2019 will feature several site-specific and commissioned contemporary works never seen before on the biennale circuit.

Artistic Director: Dr. Patrick Flores

Curatorial Team: The team consists of a combination of in-house and external curators, including SAM Assistant Curators Ms. Andrea Fam and Mr. John Tung, National Gallery Singapore Assistant Curator Ms. Goh Sze Ying, Manila-based independent researcher and curator Mr. Renan Laru-an, art historian and Seoul-based independent curator Ms. Anca Verona Mihulet, and Bangkok-based independent curator Vipash Purichanont.


Boedi Widjaja | Black—Hut, Black—Hut

Conceived as a co-commission between the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and SAM, Singaporean artist Boedi Widjaja’s Black—Hut, Black—Hut is an architectural installation with surfaces rendered in salt-infused concrete, which ‘blooms’ and changes appearance over time. Elements within the structure reference the raised flooring in various vernacular architectures, including the Queenslander house, the Javanese joglo, the Malay attap found in Singapore fishing villages, and void deck spaces of Singapore’s HDB apartment blocks. Through the installation, Boedi investigates concerns regarding diaspora, hybridity, travel and isolation through his own lived experience of migration, culture and aesthetics. The work was first presented at APT9 in QAGOMA, and a new site-specific iteration will be presented in SB2019.


Image: Boedi Widjaja, detail of salt-infused concrete from Black— Hut, Black—Hut, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist.