Nation, Narration, Narcosis – Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
Ming is showing Life of Imitation at the Hamburger Bahnhof in the exhibition Nation, Narration, Narcosis: Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories, curated by Anna Catarina Gebbers. Based on Beuys’s concept of social sculpture, the exhibition reflects on the significance of “nation” in the name “National Gallery”, along with other concepts of connectedness, solidarity and individuality.
Life of Imitation (2009) is a two channel video installation that reworks a classic Hollywood melodrama scene from Imitation of Life (directed by Douglas Sirk, 1959) between a black mother and her mixed-race daughter who has been ‘passing’ for white. The roles are played by male actors from the 3 main ethnic groups in Singapore (Chinese, Malay and Indian), switching roles in every shot.
Ming created this work for the Singapore pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 where he was awarded a Special Mention; it is shown in the room of Joseph Beuys’ work Straßenbahnhaltestelle (A Monument to the Future), which Beuys created for the German pavilion at the 37th Venice Biennale in 1976.
28 November 2021 – 03 July 2022
11th Seoul Mediacity Biennale – One Escape At A Time
For this exhibition curated by Yung Ma, Ming collaborated with students from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm where he is currently professor of performance in the expanded field, to form a ‘Swedish K-pop’ band called C-U-T and released a song entitled Kaleidoscope.
08 Sep – 21 Nov 2021
Frieze Magazine October 2021 article
C-U-T Asks What It Means To Be a Swedish K-pop Band
Asian Art Biennial : The Strangers from beyond the Mountain and the Sea
Ming is showing 2 works at the 7th Asian Art Biennial curated by Taiwanese artist HSU Chia-Wei and Singaporean artist HO Tzu-Nyen, at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung, Taiwan
05 Oct 2019 – 09 Feb 2020
BFI London Film Festival – Experimenta – New World Order
Screening of Ming’s video shot in Dakar Sunu Jappo / 手拉手 / Hand in Hand as part of the Experimenta programme
05 Oct 2019
DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics at Hayward Gallery, London
featuring artists who have used drag to explore or question identity, gender, class, politics and race.
Eleanor Antin, Oreet Ashery, Renate Bertlmann, Leigh Bowery, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Luciano Castelli, Adam Christensen, Francesco Copello, Jimmy DeSana, Rose English, VALIE EXPORT, Samuel Fosso, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ann Hirsch, David Hoyle, Michel Journiac, Birgit Jürgenssen, Paul Kindersley, Suzy Lake, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ana Mendieta, Pierre Molinier, Tony Morgan, Hunter Reynolds, Cindy Sherman, Victoria Sin, Jo Spence, Sturtevant, Ulay, Martha Wilson, David Wojnarowicz & Jesse Hultberg, Ming Wong and Cerith Wyn Evans.
22 Aug 2018 – 14 Oct 2018
Busan Biennale 2018
Ming will show a new work at Busan Biennale opening in Sept 2018, curated by Jörg Heiser and Cristina Ricupero.
Entitled Divided We Stand the biennale will showcase the works of 60 international artists responding to today’s global political climate, shaped by the segregation of territories, transnational political interests, and the international exchange and obstruction of information.
Group show at Savvy Contemporary, Berlin
Entitled Whose Land Have I Lit On Now? Contemplations on the Notion of Hostipitality curated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and co-curators Elena Agudio and Denise Ryner.
I am showing a newly edited 3-channel updated version of Life of Imitation.
DAK’ART 2018 Dakar Biennale, Senegal
guest exhibition as part of Dakar Biennale, curated by Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero, produced by Para Site
Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh
Showing a new work Bloody Marys – Song of the South Seas made specially for the exhibition A beast, a god, and a line curated by Cosmin Costinas which weaves through the connections and circulations of ideas and forms across a geography commonly called Asia-Pacific.
The show also travels to Para Site, Hong Kong;TS1 Yangon, Myanmar; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw.
Sorry for the long silence…! Caught up teaching as Guest Professor at UdK University of the Arts Berlin…
Ming is pleased to announce a special live performance at the opening party of FIAC 2016 in Paris at the club Silencio designed by David Lynch.
Frieze Film Commission
Ming has been commissioned to make a new film which will be premiered at Frieze London and broadcast on UK Channel 4’s Random Acts.
Curated by Raphael Gygax as part of Frieze Projects, the film will premiere in the Frieze London Auditorium on Wednesday 5 October at 6pm.
Frieze London, The Regent’s Park 6–9 October.
Solo Exhibition at Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest
Ming will present a new version of Next Year inspired by Alain Resnais’ masterpiece L’Annee Derniere a Marienbad.
Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Best, France
30 Sept – 30 Dec 2016
8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
For APT8 Ming has made a new work inspired by Australian Cinema (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Walkabout, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) shot in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.
Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
21 Nov 2015 – 10 Apr 2016
Mobile M+: Live Art
Looking At The Stars is a live performance commissioned by M+, Hong Kong’s future museum for 20th and 21st century visual culture.
Developed in collaboration with young Cantonese opera actors and musicians in Hong Kong, this is the first ‘page-to-stage’ exploration in Ming’s ongoing research into the realms of Cantonese opera and science fiction.
Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, Hong Kong
12-13 Dec 2015
Trans-Aesthetics: The Art of Ming Wong between Nation and State
Article by Jun Zubillaga-Pow for Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific Issue 38, Aug 2015
Solo exhibition at UCCA Beijing
Ming’s first solo show in Beijing at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, entitled Next Year.
11 June – 9 Aug 2015.
Shanghai Biennale 上海双年展
Power Station of Art, 22 Nov 2014 – 31 Mar 2015.
Ming shows a new commissioned piece Windows On The World (Part 2) at the 10th Shanghai Biennale Social Factory.
Curating team includes Anselm Franke, Cosmin Costinas, Freya Chou, Liu Xiao.