Boedi Widjaja

FutureGreat Asia 2014, selected by Louis Ho

By Louis Ho

Path. 1, The White City, 2012, performance. Photo: Matthew G. Johnson. Courtesy the artist

Being an outsider has defined Boedi Widjaja’s life and his practice. Born in 1975 in Surakarta, Indonesia, to Chinese immigrant parents at the height of the Sinophobic policies of President Suharto’s New Order, he arrived in Singapore as a child, fleeing the ethnic tensions of his native Java. He was trained as an architect in Australia, spent his young adulthood in graphic design, and turned to art only in his thirties. His approach is at once autobiographical and oblique: the…

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