Ming Wong

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.

Berlin-based Singaporean artist Ming Wong is back in Hong Kong for his second Spring/Para Site research residency in September. He will complete a new commission based on research carried out in the first residency (December 2013 to February 2014), focused on Cantonese Opera and Science Fiction cinema. He is working with Thomas Tsang, Assistant Professor of Department of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong and Founder at Dehow Projects to develop a theatrical-film-set for a “SciFi-Cantonese Opera”. The work references Tarkovsky’s Soviet sci-fi classic film, SOLARIS, which deals with failed human attempts to communicate with alien intelligence.

The commission will be shown in the Spring/Para Site joint exhibition, Islands off the Shore of Asiabased on the ideological, historical, mystical, and fictional interpretations of the remote and largely uninhabited islands claimed by different nations across East Asia. Curated by Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero, the show features artists including Julieta Aranda, Rosa Barba, Charles Lim, Pak Sheung Chuen, James T. Hong, Ming Wong, and Zheng Guogu. The exhibition is open to the public free of charge from September 27 to December 7, 2014.

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