Ming Wong (b. 1971 Singapore) lives and works in Berlin.
Ming participated in the 53rd Venice Biennale 2009, representing the Singapore Pavilion with his solo presentation ‘Life of Imitation’ which was awarded a Special Mention. Exhibitions in 2013 include Lyon Biennale (France) and solo shows at the Shiseido Gallery in Tokyo (Japan) and University of Oregon (USA). In 2012 he participated in the Liverpool Biennial (UK), and the Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) with his project ‘Making Chinatown’ first shown at the REDCAT in Los Angeles (USA). He has also shown at Performa 11, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Hara Museum, Tokyo; House of World Cultures, Berlin; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Singapore Biennale 2011; Sydney Biennale 2010 and Gwangju Biennale 2010.
In collaboration with Para Site, Spring welcomes Berlin-based Singaporean Ming Wong for a residency from December 2013 to February 2014. Ming is conducting research into the relationship between Cantonese Opera and South China cinema. He is interested in exploring how one of the oldest performing artforms in the world can be used to address notions of the ‘future’.
Ming Wong builds layers of cinematic language, social structure, identity and introspection through his own re-telling of world cinema. He deliberately ‘mis-casts’ himself and others in re-interpretations of iconic films and performances, sometimes playing all the roles himself, often in languages foreign to him.
Working through the visual styles and tropes of such iconic film directors as Fassbinder, Wong Kar-wai, Visconti, Pasolini, Douglas Sirk, Ingmar Bergman, Polanski, etc, Wong’s practice considers the means through which subjectivity and geographic location are constructed by motion pictures.