Museum Musings: Boedi Widjaja Co-Comissioned For APT9 and Singapore Biennale 2019

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Boedi Widjaja at his childhood home in Solo, Java, Indonesia, 2012. Photograph by Audrey Koh. Courtesy the artist.

Singapore-based Indonesian artist Boedi Widjaja has been co-comissioned by the Singapore Art Museum and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) to produce a two-part architectural and sound installation, to be presented at ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) in Brisbane, Australia and the Singapore Biennale 2019.

This is the first project to be developed from a five-year partnership between the two art institutions, established since October 2016, aimed at promoting and advancing the art of this region. Through the co-comission, Boedi Widjaja will create the two-part Black—Hut, Black—Hut, a work shaped by the curatorial and specific contexts of both exhibitions, exploring what constitutes home.

Boedi Widjaja
Indonesia b. 1975
Black—Hut, Black—Hut 2018–19
Installation view at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Photograph: Natasha Harth Courtesy the artist

Says Joyce Toh, Head of Content and Senior Curator at the Singapore Art Museum: “The co-commissioning of an artwork by a Southeast Asian artist – one that draws from the artist’s experiences in Indonesia, Singapore and Australia – is such a meaningful first project to be coming out of our five-year partnership with QAGOMA. With our shared interest in the development, research and presentation of art from the region, we look forward to unveiling more collaborative projects that will spotlight the art practices from this part of the world on an international stage.”

Boedi Widjaja
Indonesia b. 1975
Black—Hut, Black—Hut 2018–19
Installation view at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Photograph: Natasha Harth Courtesy the artist

Says Reuben Keehan, Curator of Contemporary Asian Art, QAGOMA: “Visually the artwork extends the overhang of the Gallery’s upper level with a black concrete platform while the numerous supporting columns of the structure make reference to the type of raised flooring found in various vernacular architectures including the old Queenslander house, the Javanese joglo, and the Malay attap.”

APT9 takes place from 24 November 2018 to 28 April 2019 at QAGOMA, Queensland, Australia, while the 6th edition of the Singapore Biennale takes place towards the end of 2019.

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