The Imaginary homeland series looks at mass media images and their impact in our remembering and re-forming of personal narratives. Having left his hometown at a young age, Widjaja's perception of his former country is mostly through images and the imagined. Comprising negative drawings, photographs, installations and live art, the series looks ontologically at photography’s methods, connecting them with ideas of embodiment, gaze and memory.
Drawings from the series were awarded the FID Prize 2017 Top 10. Jurors' comments include:
"The relation between drawing and photography preoccupies Boedi Widjaja...these negative images neither compete with nor replace photos, but rather complicate the discourse around them. They are witty but substantive commentaries on the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction."
- Andrew Solomon, Chairman of FID Prize, writer and art patron
"What I really like about this work is his ability to force us to complete the drawings through a digital interface. There is much debate today about the influence of the digital on the hand drawn - and I think this project offers a new way to see how these two ways of making drawings can be complementary rather than hostile to each other."
- Brett Littman, Executive Director, The Drawing Center NYC