Already celebrated in Europe and Australia, and having won a rare Special Mention for his installation for the Singapore Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale, multimedia artist Ming Wong (b. 1971)—who lives and works in both Berlin and his native Singapore—deserves to be better known in the U.S. His moving-image pieces, commissioned posters, and installations of collected documentation confront notions of national, racial, linguistic, and gender identity. Ming’s work also references both Malay cinema and the films of Hollywood and the Western avant-garde; he directs himself in engaging homemade versions of classic scenes from the films of Douglas Sirk, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Luchino Visconti, bringing to light surprising cross-cultural currents and obliquely referencing Singapore’s complex history and diverse population.
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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