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Ming Wong

Multidisplinary Artist

Diploma in Fine Art, 1995

Fine Art


The biggest highlight of my career so far is representing Singapore at Venice Biennale in 2009, and bringing the show back to Singapore Art Museum in 2010.

Industry Experience

Born 1971 in Singapore, Ming Wong lives and works in Berlin. Ming Wong builds layers of cinematic language, social structure, identity and introspection through his own re-telling of world cinema.  He deliberately ‘mis-casts’ himself and others in re-interpretations of iconic films and performances, sometimes playing all the roles himself, often in languages foreign to him.

Working through the visual styles and tropes of such iconic film directors as Fassbinder, Wong Kar-wai, Visconti, Pasolini, Douglas Sirk, Ingmar Bergman, Polanski, etc, Wong’s practice considers the means through which subjectivity and geographic location are constructed by motion pictures.

He participated in the 53rd Venice Biennale 2009 representing the Singapore Pavilion with his solo presentation ‘Life of Imitation’ which was awarded a Special Mention. Exhibitions in 2013 include Lyon Biennale (France) and solo shows at the Shiseido Gallery in Tokyo (Japan) and University of Oregon (USA). In 2012 he participated in the Liverpool Biennial (UK), and the Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) with his project ‘Making Chinatown’ first shown at the REDCAT in Los Angeles (USA). He has also shown at Performa 11, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Hara Museum, Tokyo; House of World Cultures, Berlin; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Singapore Biennale 2011; Sydney Biennale 2010; Gwangju Biennale 2010.


  • Special Mention (Expanding Worlds), 53rd Venice Biennale 2009
  • Awarded the Wollita Kulturpreis, Berlin, Germany 2008
  • One year residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany 2007-08
  • The Fire Station Residency and Bursary, awarded by ACME Studios, UK 2005
  • Pearson Creative Research Fellowship, at the British Library, UK 2003-05
  • London Artists Film & Video Award from Film London, UK 2002/03
  • ACAVA First Base Studio Award, UK 2000