Boedi Widjaja (b. 1975, Solo City, Indonesia) lives and works in Singapore. Trained as an architect, he spent his young adulthood in graphic design, and turned to art in his thirties. His works often connect diverse conceptual references through his own lived experience of migration, culture and aesthetics; and investigate into concerns regarding diaspora, hybridity, travel and isolation. The artistic outcomes are processual and conceptually-charged, and embrace multiple mediums ranging from drawings to installations, sound and live art.
He has shown in numerous exhibitions internationally, including: Asia Pacific Triennial 9 (2018), Brisbane; 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).
2000 Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Hons), University of New South Wales, Sydney
2018 Imaginary homeland: kang ouw (一), I_S_L_A_N_D_S, Peninsula Shopping Centre, Singapore
2016 Black—Hut, Singapore Biennale Affiliate Project, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts
Imaginary homeland: 我是不是該安靜地走開, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, Singapore
2014 Drawing cage, The U Factory, Singapore
Path. 6, Unpacking my library。书城, Jendela (Visual Arts Space), Esplanade, Singapore
2012 Path. 1, The white city, The Substation, Singapore
Sungai, sejarah, 河流, 历史, 源, Yellow River Arts Centre Singapore Base
Live Art Works
2018 Path. 9, ))) ) ) )), State of Motion 2018: Sejarah-ku, Singapore
2017 Path. 8, Invisible cities 。云海游, Diaspora Pavilion, Venice Biennale
2016 Imaginary homeland: 谢谢你的爱, Nottingham
2015 Path. 7, New ground, The Barbican, London
2014 Cradle song (with Dawn Fung and Naomi Huang), Jendela Visual Arts Space, Esplanade, Singapore
My drawing is better than your drawing (with Wong Lip Chin), Yeo Workshop, Singapore
2013 One and a half, Wilkie Terrace, Singapore
Path. 3, The lode in my heart, Teban Gardens Road, Singapore
2012 Palimpsest (with David Letellier), Enghien-les-bains, France
Path. 2, Travelling Body (with Pranoto), YRAC S-base
2011 INSITU Fort Canning Hill: Earth moves (with David Letellier), Esplanade Recital Studio, Singapore
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Asia Pacific Triennial 9, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
2017 Stone telling . 從土, 黑也, Jerusalem Biennale
Air mata air, Joined by the Crown, GeorgeTown Festival, Penang
2016 Betwixt festival: Art & bytes, ArtScience Museum, Singapore
Derwent Art Prize 2016, Mall Galleries, London
For an image, faster than light, Yinchuan Biennale 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan, China
MOVE W I T H (OUT) - Krísis, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
2015 From east to the Barbican, Barbican Centre, London
London calling, British High Commissioner's Residence, Eden Hall, Singapore
Infinity in flux: The unending loop that bonds the artist and the audience, ArtJog 8, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta (TBY), Indonesia
53rd International show, San Diego Art Institute, CA, United States
Potong ice-cream $2, Latent Spaces booth, Art Stage Singapore, Marina Bay Sands
Sovereign Asian Art Prize finalists' exhibition, SOHO189 Art Lane, Hong Kong
2014 DiverseCity, Singapore Art Museum
A drawing show, Yeo Workshop, Singapore
Print lab, Grey Projects, Singapore
Singapore, Inc., Unit 21, The Lorong 24A Shophouse Series, Singapore
SeptFest 2014, The Substation, Singapore
2013 Closure, organised by Free of Charge Art (FOCA), #1-52, Block 8 Teban Gardens Rd, Singapore
Displacements, 13 Wilkie Tce, Singapore
Masterpieces, National Museum of Singapore
Passports: Through the red dot into other worlds, Unit 11, The Lorong 24A Shophouse Series, Singapore
2012 Celeste Prize 2012, Centrale Montemartini, Rome
DiverseCity 2012, Singapore Art Museum at 8Q
31st UOB painting of the year, Singapore Art Museum
2011 INSITU.ASIA, organised by Beautiful/Banal, National Geographic Store, Regent Street, London
INSITU Fort Canning Hill, organised by Beautiful/Banal, Salon Space@Festival Village, Singapore
2010 Centre to periphery, Japan Creative Centre, Singapore
2010 TITAN illustration in design, organised by ESAD College of Art and Design, Matosinhos Municipal Gallery, Portugal
2009 Space, Flat, Night and Day Gallery, Singapore
2002 Fascination, Singapore Art Museum
2000 Harbour/Metropolis, Museum of Sydney
2017 Top 10 Winner, FID Prize
2016 Finalist, Derwent Art Prize
2015 Finalist, The Sovereign Asian Art Prize
2012 First Prize, Bains Numeriques #7 (sound art; with David Letellier), Enghien-les-bains, France
First Prize, Land Transport Authority Downtown Line Art - Beauty World Station
Recipient, Open Call//Visual Art 2012, The Substation, Singapore
Highly Commended, 31st UOB Painting of the Year, Singapore
Finalist, Celeste Prize 2012
2000 The Castle Mountain Prize in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Sydney
Residencies, Grants and Commissions
2018 Co-commission by QAGOMA and Singapore Art Museum
2017 Market and Audience Development Grant, National Arts Council ("NAC"), Singapore
Singapore Internationale, Singapore International Foundation ("SIF"), Singapore
2016 Market and Audience Development Grant, NAC, Singapore
Market and Audience Development Grant, NAC, Singapore
2015 Presentation and Participation Grant, NAC, Singapore
Singapore Internationale, SIF, Singapore
Market and Audience Development Grant, NAC, Singapore
2014 Commission, Path. 6, Unpacking my Library . 书城, Esplanade Visual Arts, Singapore
Artist-in-residence, DRAWinternational, Caylus, France (1-31 May)
Capability and Development Grant, NAC, Singapore
2013 Commission, Masterpieces, curated by Iola Lenzi, Samsung Singapore
Presentation and Participation Grant, NAC, Singapore
2012 Commission, Sungai, Sejarah (2012), Yellow River Arts Centre (YRAC), Yinchuan, Ningxia, China
Commission, Yellow River Arts Centre logo (2012), YRAC, Yinchuan, Ningxia, China
Commission, Asemic (2013), Land Transport Authority (LTA) for Beauty World Station
International Travel Grant, NAC, Singapore
Singapore Internationale, SIF, Singapore
Singapore-France Cooperation Project Scheme, NAC, Singapore
2011 Singapore Internationale, SIF, Singapore
2018 Kathleen Ditzig. Singapore Art Week. art agenda. 23 Feb 2018. Web.
2017 Reut Barnea. חוכמת האדמה על פי בואדי וידג’אג’ה. Calcalist. 22 Oct 2017. Web.
Huang Xiang Jing. Photographic stories of two cities. Lianhe Zaobao, 16 Aug 2017. Print.
Ed. Tani Barlow. Cover image: “Path. 1, The White City” (2012). positions: asia critique. Duke University Press Journals. Vol 25 No. 3 Aug 2017. Print.
Carla Bianpoen. Art Jakarta 2017: The rise of youthful voices, The Jakarta Post. 9 Aug 2017. Web.
Carla Bianpoen. Art Jakarta 2017 reports successful beginning, Art Republik. 8 Aug 2017. Web.
Yunyi Lau. Art Jakarta 2017 Highlights, The Artling. 31 Jul 2017. Web.
Helmi Yusof. Arts patronage now, The Business Times. 28 Jul 2017. Print.
Helmi Yusof. Two cities, countless shared tales, The Business Times. 28 Jul 2017. Print.
Chloe. Art Jakarta 2017, Intersection. 26 Jul 2017. Web.
Junni Chen. Preview: 5 gallery highlights from Bazaar Art Jakarta, Art Radar. 25 Jul 2017. Web.
Reena Devi. Singapore pavilion opens at Venice Biennale. Today, 11 May 2017. Print: 25.
Louis Ho. 10 Asian artists who will shape the future. Credit Suisse Bulletin, 1/2017. Print: 52-53.
Priyanka Ghosh. A Guide to Singapore Art Week. Culturetrip, 23 Jan 2017. Web.
Helmi Yusof. Scene still sizzles after art stage. The Business Times, 20 Jan 2017: 24. Print: 24.
Bruce Quek. Boedi Widjaja: Black Hut. LEAP, Issue 42, 10 Jan 2017. Web.
Susie Wong. The Black Hut. d+a, Issue 95 2016/2017: 116-119. Print.
Visual essay: "Asemic Lines" (2012-2015) Varieties of the English. OfZoos. Jan 2017. Web.
2016 Anjuly Mathai. State of the art. The Week. 9 Oct 2016. Web.
China-Yinchuan/Art Biennale. China Central Television CCTV+ News Content. 10 Sep 2016. Web.
Chen Yaojie. Opening of the inaugural Yinchuan Biennale: For an image, faster than light. Artron. 9 Sep 2016. Web.
Naima Morelli. Three Indonesian Artists between National History and Personal Memories. Cobo Social. 9 Aug 2016. Web.
Dawn Fung. Interview with Boedi Widjaja. Harvest & Wine, 3 May 2016. Web.
Bruce Quek. Beyond the accessibility of the Betwixt Festival. Today, 26 Feb 2016. Print.
The Artling. Art of the week: 'Imaginary Homeland' by Boedi Widjaja. Coconuts Singapore. 13 Jan 2016. Web.
Mayo Martin. Singapore Art Week 2016: From solo shows to tours. Today, 12 Jan 2016: 35. Print.
Zhou Yian Ping. Between the positive and negative are connections of the personal and history. Lianhe Zaobao Now, 12 Jan 2016: 4. Print.
National Arts Council. Singapore’s Visual Artists. 2016. Print.
2015 Cheah Ui-Hoon. Positively engaging art of negatives. The Business Times 18 Dec 2015: 24. Print.
Helmi Yusof. Gifts of art. The Business Times. 13 Nov 2015. Print.
Chitra Santhinathan. Art Ascension. AirAsia Travel3sixty Dec issue: 108-117. Print.
Rebecca Vickers. Interview feature: Boedi Widjaja. art4d. 3 Jul 2015. Web.
Carla Bianpoen. ArtJog Cements Its Place as Leading Display of Indonesian Contemporary Art, Jakarta Globe. 17 Jun 2015. Web.
Yuliasri Perdani. Art Jog ∞ Into the Infinite Universe of New Media Art, The Jakarta Post. 6 Jun 2015. Web.
Tiger, Harimau, Macan-shortlisted for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2015, Artitute. 18 Mar 2015. Web.
Serenella Ciclitira. Singapore Eye: Contemporary Singapore Art, Skira, 2015. 242-245. Print.
Louis Ho. Almanac 2015: Singapore, ArtAsiaPacific Vol X: 178. Print.
Jee Leong Koh. Cover image: “Sungai, Sejarah” (2012). Steep tea. Carcanet Press. Jun 2015. Print.
Boedi Widjaja. "Paths of Memory, Identity, and Belonging" Singapore Insights from the Inside Vol II Ed. Richard Hartung. Singapore International Foundation, 2015.116-119. Print.
2014 Trent Davis. Chat: Boedi Widjaja. juice magazine. 28 Nov 2014. Web.
Mark Leong. Retracing Paths. catalog magazine. 26 Nov 2014. Web.
Think Big Case Study - Bridging Distance Bridging Generations. Canon. 24 Nov 2014. Web.
Pooja Makhijani. Path. 6, Unpacking my Library . 书城 by Boedi Widjaja. notabilia. 7 Nov 2014. Web.
Louis Ho. FutureGreats Asia 2014, ArtReview Asia Oct-Dec 2014: 85. Print.
Audrey Yeo and Louis Ho. Boedi Widjaja (interview, works & biography). A Drawing Show. Yeo Workshop, 2014. 39-48. Print.
Wai Lin Coultas. 'Lining up the Draw', SingArt. 10 Sep 2014. Web.
Bruce Quek. ‘Review: A Drawing Show at Yeo Workshop’, The Artling. 22 Aug 2014. Web.
Huang Lijie. ‘Pillars of expression’, The Straits Times 12 Aug 2014: C4. Print.
Helmi Yusof. ‘Drawing asserts its place in art’, The Business Times 8 Aug 2014: 36. Print.
Amelia Tan. ‘Hopeful Wanderer’, Nylon Singapore Feb/Mar 2014: 134-135. Print.
Anton Javier. ‘Meet the Artist: Boedi Widjaja on time and John Cage’, Catalog March 2014: 74-75. Print. 2014 Luo Jingmei. ‘Art and Craft’, Cubes March: 156. Print.
Karen Mitchell. ‘Boedi Widjaja: Drawing Cage’, Artitute. 21 Jan 2014. Web.
Iona Whittaker. Art Stage Singapore: “An Evening at Gillman Barracks” exhibition previews. randian. 17 Jan 2014. Web.
Khairul Amri. Interview: Boedi Widjaja of Drawing Cage, IS. 13 Jan 2014. Web.
Huang Lijie. 'Singapore Art Week: Locals go solo', The Straits Times 7 Jan 2014: C8-9. Print.
Cheah Ui-Hoon. 'In time and in tune with art', The Business Times 3 Jan 2014: 27. Print.
2013 Jee Leong Koh. 'Featured Image: "Sungai, Sejarah" (2012)'. Singapore Poetry. 29 Oct 2013. Web.
Rebecca Vickers. 'Interview feature: Boedi Widjaja', art4d. 15 Oct 2013. Web.
Masterpieces: Digital Art in Singapore. Ocula. Oct 2013. Web.
Kellynn Wee. 'Masterpieces': A Digital Art Gallery. Poached Mag. 29 June 2013. Web.
Karen Mitchell. Displacements - Goodbye Forever. Artitute. 5 Jun 2013. Web.
Bruce Quek. Art Review: Displacements. Today 5 Jun 2013. Web.
Ling Tiong. Memories & Landfills: The Lode in my Heart. How do we deal with constant change?. Jane Koh. Free of Charge Artshow Publication. 2013: 18-19. Print.
Cheryl Sim. Taking the gallery system out | Free of Charge Artshow. Singapore Architect Issue 274. Mar 2013: 36-37.
Sali Sasaki. Bridging Cultures through Comic Books. culture360. 11 Mar 2013. Web.
2012 Luana Silighini. Alla centrale Montemartini IV edizione del Celeste Prize. ANSA. 12 Apr 2012. Web.
Justin Long, Yoichi Nakamuta and Stephanie Peh. Creative Cultures: The Singapore Showcase, Underscore, 2012. Print.
Yen Phang. The Present Body: A conversation with local artist Boedi Widjaja. Artitute. 16 Oct 2012. Web.
Zhou Yian Ping. Yellow River Arts Centre Singapore base - Boedi Widjaja’s journey of new paths. Lianhe Zaobao, Oct 2012. Print.
Zehra Jumabhoy. War and Peace artforum. 24 Sep 2012. Web.
Goh KK. Review of Path. 1. Lianhe Zaobao. Sep 2012. Print.
Michele Adriaens. Exhibition: Path. 1 by Boedi Widjaja. culture push. 14 Sep 2012. Web.
Adeline Chia. Watch out for vacuum cleaners, squash balls. The Straits Times. 30 Aug 2012. Print.
Elle people | The Art Crew. Elle Singapore. Aug 2012: 97. Print.
2011 Gretchen Miller. The politics of art: Singapore style. ABC Radio National 360documentaries. 19 Nov 2011. Radio.
Daniel Tham. INSITU Fort Canning - Reflections. I'm waking up to... 11 Jun 2011. Web.
Kelly Tay and Cheah Ui-Hoon. Map of Poetic Spaces. The Business Times. 29 Apr 2011. Print.
Selected Presentations and Workshops
2017 Speaker, Artist Conversation with Joshua Comaroff at “Boedi Widjaja: Black—Hut”, ICAS, Singapore
2016 Panel speaker, "What will you do with the gift of the rest of your left life?", Between the Mountain and the River, Yinchuan Biennale, Yinchuan, China
Workshop facilitator, “Experimental Drawing”, Singapore Teachers Academy for the Arts (STAR), Singapore
Panel speaker, "5 Stars Roundtable at SAM - Peace", Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Speaker, "Artist Talk - Imaginary Homeland: 我是不是該安靜地走開", Objectifs, Singapore
2015 Artist-Consultant, “Contemporary Art Practices in School: Drawing”, STAR, Singapore
Speaker, Artist Conversation on “Path. 7, New Ground”, Idea Store Whitechapel, London
Workshop facilitator, “Drawing”, Ministry of Manpower, Singapore
Workshop facilitator, “Drawing in the expanded field”, STAR, Singapore
2014 Adjunct lecturer, “Marathon Selfies”, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore
2013 Adjunct lecturer, “INSITU X Setouchi, Japan”, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore
Panel speaker, “Masterpieces” media launch, commissioned by Samsung, curated by Iola Lenzi
Panel speaker, “INSITU.ASIA”, Singapore Writers Festival (Brand New Books), Singapore
2012 Adjunct lecturer, “Places as interiors”, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore
Panel speaker, “ASEF Culture 360: Lingua Comica”, Singapore Writers Festival, Singapore
Panel speaker, “Trans-nationaI Community Art”, YRAC S-base, Gillman Barracks, Singapore
Speaker (with Zehra Jumabhoy), “The story of an I”, YRAC S-base, Gillman Barracks, Singapore
2011 Speaker, “INSITU.ASIA”, FiveFootWay: This is what the future looks like, Night & Day Bar, Singapore
2010 Speaker, “INSITU.ASIA”, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore