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Ming Wong, the chameleon artist, on Hong Kong cinema and Turkish porn

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Berlin-based Singaporean artist Ming Wong has been a blond bartender, a hysterical mother-in-law, and a Moroccan mechanic — among other things. The chameleon artist impersonates multiple movie characters in his video installations. For Wong, age, sex, race and class are all fair game.

“It’s more like non-acting — I actually play myself trying to be this other person,” he says of portraying the characters in his videos.

Drawing inspiration from the history of world cinema, Wong is fascinated by Hong Kong films and Malaysian films which he remembers watching as a child.

In 2009, Wong received special mention for his works exploring the golden age of Singaporean cinema at the Venice Biennale.

Next week, Wong will be flying into Hong Kong to speak at the Intelligence Squared Asia debate. He will also be staging a surprise performance for ART HK 11 at the fair’s VIP event “The Wedding” (also known as “The Wedding Banquet”) presented by Para/Site Art Space and Vitamin Creative Space.

 

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