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Tropical | Artist Tour by Boedi Widjaja

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Tropical | Artist Tour by Boedi Widjaja

Sun 3 Feb | 11 am | Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery 1 (near Lift Lobby B), Level 3, City Hall Wing, National Gallery Singapore | Free, registration required*: https://bit.ly/Tropical_ArtistTour

*This programme is free for exhibition ticket holders. Please ensure you have a valid admission ticket to Tropical: Stories from Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Join us for a tour with multidisciplinary artist Boedi Widjaja and curator Teo Hui Min. Their conversation will delve into the Library of the Tropics, a special zone in the exhibition that features an intriguing collection of books, films, paintings and cultural objects. The tour reflects on how our ideas about “tropical paradise” are tied to the intersections that persist between modern art, mass tourism and their combined appetite for the exotic. Presented in “Tropical: Stories from Southeast Asia and Latin America”, Widjaja’s sonic piece “Datum” features a series of discordant pulses, composed by inverting and arranging the recordings from a 100-year-old gamelan originally from the Surakarta Palace. “Datum” is a part of Widjaja’s “Black-Hut” series (2018–ongoing) and has been featured as a soundscape for site-specific structures that meditate on the material qualities of architectural dwellings in the tropics.

About the Speakers
Boedi Widjaja’s practice draws on his early family history in Indonesia, contemplating the concepts of house, home and homeland through long-running, interdisciplinary series that are developed in parallel with each other. Widjaja was trained in architecture and has worked in graphic design. Past exhibitions include “Cladogram: KMA’s 2nd International Juried Biennial” (2021), the 6th Singapore Biennale (2019–2020), the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial (2018–2019), “MAP1: Waterways” (2017), and at the Diaspora Pavilion in the 57th Venice Biennale, amongst others. Recent solo exhibitions include “Kang Ouw” 《侠客行》(2022), Esplanade Tunnel, Singapore; “Declaration of” (2019), Helwaser Gallery, New York; “Rivers and Lakes Tanah dan air” (2018), ShanghART Singapore; and “Black—Hut” (2016), Singapore Biennale Affiliate Project, ICA Singapore.
Teo Hui Min is Curator at National Gallery Singapore, where she contributes to the curation of “Siapa-Nama Kamu?” and “Beyond Declarations and Dreams”, long-term exhibitions of Singapore and Southeast Asian art from the 19th century to the present. Other exhibitions she has co-curated include “Tropical: Stories from Southeast Asia and Latin America” (2023), “Mohammad Din Mohammad: The Mistaken Ancestor” (2021), “Georgette Chen: At Home in the World” (2020) and “Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore” (2018).


February 3
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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