Imaginary homeland: kang ouw（一）by Boedi Widjaja
I_S_L_A_N_D_S is pleased to present Boedi Widjaja’s Imaginary homeland: kang ouw（一）. A transliteration from Chinese 江湖 into Bahasa Indonesia, kang ouw refers to a realm where swordsmen in wuxia stories roam and fight, in the name of honour. It is a territory that is marked not with geographical lines but in the minds of its actors; a psychological, action-packed space.
The Imaginary homeland series stemmed from the artist’s experience as a child migrant living out his homeland’s history through mass media images and the imaginary. kang ouw（一）will feature drawings of wuxia scenographies and characters, and abstracted reproductions of the drawings using photocopiers and scanners. Wuxia is a film genre that the artist grew up with in the early 1980s.
I_S_L_A_N_D_S is an experimental platform that encourages artists to reconsider the boundaries of their practice by testing novel concepts and alternative means of exhibition-making. The programme introduces short-term presentations in various formats, each building upon a topic or subject matter proposed by the artists. Eight display windows along the passageway between Peninsula and Excelsior Shopping Centre are repurposed as a hybrid social network, bulletin, and transitory space for dialogue and exchange. I_S_L_A_N_D_S adds and distracts from each individual’s practice, much like the ebb and flow of tides.
One and a half, Boedi Widjaja, 2013. Image courtesy of Boedi Widjaja