Born 1975 Solo, Indonesia
Lives and works in
The experiences of displacement, isolation, travel, and bridging multiple cultures have defined much of Boedi Widjaja’s practice. Widjaja was born in Solo City, Indonesia, to ethnically Chinese parents. To avoid the racial tensions under President Suharto’s New Order, he was sent to Singapore as a young boy, where he lived apart from his family. His works often refer obliquely to this autobiographical history or to the feelings of anxiety and estrangement he experienced. Widjaja trained as an architect and also has a background in graphic design; the techniques, materials and tools of drawing have subsequently become a defining element of his artistic practice. This is expressed through a broad range of media, from photography and text to compelling installations and ‘live art’, with an emphasis on process and bodily engagement.