Born 1971, Singapore
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Ming Wong works with cinema and popular culture to consider how culture and gender are constructed, reproduced and circulated. Through imperfect translations and re-enactments, Wong uncovers the slippages that haunt ideas of 'authenticity' and 'originality'. Wong's video installations often remake classic films, with the artist playing all of the characters, regardless of gender or ethnicity. Recent projects have become more interdisciplinary, incorporating performance and installation to flesh out his exploration of cultural artefacts from around the world. For APT8 Wong travelled to Darwin and Yogyakarta, fascinated by the connections between these two cities. Working with local performers, Wong's new work for APT8 draws on the community dynamic within Yogyakarta's queer performance scene.
Ming Wong / Singapore/Germany b.1971 / Me In Me (still) 2013 / 3-channel video installation / Commissioned by Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo / Image courtesy: The artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier | gebauer, Berlin / © Ming Wong
Ming Wong / Singapore/Germany b.1971 / Production still from Aku Akan Bertahan / I Will Survive 2015 / Developed for APT8 / The production this work has been supported by QAGOMA, Artspace Sydney and National Arts Council Singapore / Image courtesy: The artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier | gebauer, Berlin / © Ming Wong