Exhibition Time Isn't Our Border
by Morgan Wong

Fri, 22.02.2019 -
Fri, 22.03.2019

Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio

14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre
No.2 Harbour Road

Mixed Media Installation

Exhibition opening in the presence of the artist on February 22, 2019 (Fr) at 7:00pm

An accompanying programme with poetry reading and music on the topics of migration, border and identity will be held on March 22, 2019 (Fri) at the Goethe-Gallery.

Morgan Wong’s artistic practice focuses on temporality and how the subject is interweaving with other contexts like perception, geopolitics, or even science. In the exhibition Time Isn’t Our Border, Wong looks at how changes manifest time as well as its passage. The eponymous artwork and its complement, Time Is Our Border (2017), are neon signs made in Wong’s handwritten text, spelling out the words of the titles. Although there is no set relationship between the two works, they speak of Wong’s frustrated dilemma on time as a border, in both conceptual way and his own personal relationship. Other works, including Dash Series (2016), The Proposed Boundary (2017), expand on the transformation of boundaries over time.

I’M INTERESTED IN THE TEMPORALITY OF SOVEREIGNTY, and how it can be examined or illustrated through geopolitical borders. For example, the ongoing debates that have been happening since the late 1940s about the commonly named “nine-dash line,” a territorial claim in the South China Sea that China and Taiwan have maintained over the years, have long intrigued me. Representing the South China Sea border as eleven separate paintings, my “Dash Series” partly taps into the psychology of how we can perceive a series of dashes as a continuous line. It’s a gesture of destroying the border and, at the same time, an act of rethinking the significance of each dash. 

(Morgan Wong, Artforum International)


   Morgan Wong (b. 1984) is currently living and working in Hong Kong. He was invited for biennales including: The 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, 18th Videobrasil. His selected solo exhibitions include: Time Isn’t Our Border (Goethe-Institut Hongkong, Hong Kong, 2019), An Inch of Time; An Inch of Gold (Art Basel Hong Kong-Discoveries, Hong Kong, 2018), Mean Time (Centre A, Vancouver, 2016), The Dashes; The Laughter; The Reservoirs ( Asia Art Center Taipei II, Taipei, 2016), KIGOJA Standard Time (KST) (KIGOJA, Seoul, 2016), Filing Down a Steel Bar Until a Needle is Made (Tintype Gallery, London, 2013), One Hour (2P Contemporary Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 2011). He was invited for group exhibitions including: MILL6 Foundation, Para Site, Videotage, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (all Hong Kong), Times Art Center (Berlin), Media Museum ZKM (Karlsruhe), Tate Modern (London), Borusan Contemporary, 5533 (both Istanbul), ArtScience Museum (Singapore), CAFA Art Museum, OCAT Institute (both Beijing), Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (Taipei), Seoul Museum of Art (Seoul).

Morgan Wong has been awarded the Asian Cultural Council New York Fellowship in 2018 and will embark his research in New York for 6 months from June 2019.