Boedi Widjaja’s conceptually charged practice engages deeply with his own lived experience of migration and diaspora, and reflects on the complexities of hybridity, travel and isolation. For SB2019, Boedi installs a site-specific proto-structure that serves as a diptych to the first iteration of the work at the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in 2018. The structure of Black—Hut, Black—Hut references the gap between ground and land in tropical and subtropical vernacular houses that are built on raised floors, such as the Javanese joglo, the Queenslander house and the Malay house, as well as the HDB void deck. Key to the work is also its surface – rendered in concrete infused with salt, the salt will ‘bloom’ over time.
Boedi Widjaja (b. 1975, Solo, Indonesia) received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia in 2000. He has exhibited widely, including at the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, 2018), the Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); Jerusalem Biennale (2017); ‘From East to the Barbican’ at Barbican (London, 2015) and ‘Bains Numériques #7’ at Enghien-les-Bains (France, 2012). The artist’s solo exhibitions include, ‘Black—Hut,’ a Singapore Biennale 2016 Affiliate Project at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2016) and ‘Path. 6, Unpacking my Library’ at Esplanade (Singapore, 2014). He lives and works in Singapore.