Film

Ming Wong

Explorations of identity and gender in a re-working of classic European arthouse cinema

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Ming Wong, Aku Akan Bertahan / I Will Survive (production still), 2015. Three-channel video installation, running time variable. Courtesy the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier | gebauer, Berlin
 

Ming Wong, Aku Akan Bertahan / I Will Survive (production still), 2015. Three-channel video installation, running time variable. Courtesy the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier | gebauer, Berlin

 

Ming Wong (b. 1971, Singapore), lives and works in Berlin

Questions of identity and gender, as well as the queer politics of representation, are at the core of Ming Wong’s filmic practice. Wong often reworks scenes drawn from world cinema classics – from directors Fassbinder to Pasolini to Polanski to Wong Kar-wai – frequently ‘miscasting’ himself in multiple roles irrespective of language, gender, ethnicity, nationality or historical period. For his contribution to the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 he paid tribute to the ‘forgotten’ history of Singapore cinema – a multi-ethnic film heritage infused with elements from Europe, America and South East Asia – in order to explore the notions and potentialities of what a ‘national’ cinema could be.

Ming Wong was born 1971 in Singapore and lives and works in Berlin. He studied Chinese art at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, and has a MFA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Art in London. Numerous solo exhibitions include those at: Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015); Shiseido Galley, Tokyo (2013); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2012); and the 53rd Venice Biennial (2009) where he was awarded a Special Mention.

Showing in the Frieze London auditorium at 11:30am and 6:30pm on Friday and Saturday; 11:30am and 5:30pm on Sunday.

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