Enoch Cheng is an independent artist and curator. His practice spans moving image, installation, curating, dance, events, theatre, writing, and performance. Concerned with the everyday subtleties of contemporary urban lives, his works explore recurrent themes of place, travel, fiction, memory, time, migration and extinction. He received an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a BA in English Literature and Art History from the University of Hong Kong; he has also lectured at Hong Kong Art School. He is the recipient of a Hong Kong Arts Development Award for Young Artist. He worked as program manager for the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong from 2008 to 2013, was an artist fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany (2015–2018), and was artist-in-residence at POGON – Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth (2018) and Cite des internationale arts Paris (2018-2019). His recent exhibitions and performances include: Influenzers (in Contagious Cities, Tai Kwun, Hong Kong); HOMESICK (Goethe Institut, Hong Kong; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany); Shuffle (Dance Centre, City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong); and Bon Voyage (Hong Kong Arts Centre).
Enoch Cheng's contribution, Migration Continung, invites artists to find different approaches to understand migration through the lens of the changing conditions of human labor. His project will be presented as an exhibition and a forum in Hong Kong, as well as in the exhibitions at the Ulaanbaatar International Media Art Festival and the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju. Migration Continung will feature new works from the Singaporean-born Berlin-based artist Ming Wong; from the Indonesian artist Julia Sarisetiati, one of the curators participating in the Migration Continung project; and from Enoch Cheng himself.
Ming Wong's new video work for Migration Continung appropriates cinematic references to look at the shift of labour opportunities between Africa and China. Enoch Cheng's new video work explores the new trend of working models, asking how migrant workers need to alter themselves to meet the new demands of the labour market. Julia Sarisetiati maps out the story of migrant workers returning to Indonesia, concentrating on the challenges they have to face when they return home.
The three artists will present their artistic approaches to the topic of migration at the forum, which will also feature the Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh, who will present on his experience using the politics of food and beer to depict the issues of the Nigerian migrant community in Europe.