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Ming Wong

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1/4: Devo partire. Domani. / I must go. Tomorrow.

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Ming Wong

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2/4: Working outside of the studio

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Ming Wong

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3/4: Watching films through other people's eyes

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Ming Wong

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4/4: How time and memory can change a film

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Guest of the Singapore Biennale 2011

Ming Wong’s video works play with notions of personal and national identity through a playful re-interpretation of world cinema. A master of costuming and highly earnest overacting, Wong has been able to create a minor cinema where everything from gender to racial identity are given fluidity. Using humour and self portrayal as a vehicle for self discovery, Wong often steps into the shoes, wigs and dresses of diverse and unlikely characters.

For the 2011 Singapore Biennale, Wong recast himself in Pasolini’s film Theoreme (1968). His 5-channel installation Devo Partire. Domani / I Must Go. Tomorrow (2010) re-enacted scenes from the film across separate rooms and perspectives. Shot on location in Naples, Wong had the dual experience of being a stranger to Italian culture whilst embodying characters from its cinematic history.

These ‘Miscasts’ have played an important part in his creative process more generally. Interpreting a wide variety of national cinemas, Wong’s works demonstrate the flexibility of identification - a particularly pertinent act for an artist highly reflective on the cultural identity of his homeland, Singapore. Communication in his films often occurs through a slippage of language and culture - tending towards an amalgamation of scenes, icons and spaces for the audience to reinterpret.

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