Asian Premiere of “Making Chinatown” by Berlin-based artist Ming Wong
Singapore Art Museum’s latest exhibition, Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image
in Southeast Asia, is on view from 17 November 2017 to 18 March 2018 at SAM at 8Q. From hand-drawn animation to immersive video installations, Cinerama features specially-commissioned artworks, artist loans and select works from the Singapore Art Museum collection. The exhibition presents 10 artists and art collectives from across Southeast Asia who work through the medium of the moving image, whose artworks delve into individual and collective memory, identity and politics, while exploring the history of the genre, its current-day expressions, and what the future of moving images may come to be.
Premiering in Asia, “Making Chinatown” by Singaporean and Berlin based artist Ming Wong, who is also based in Berlin, will be featured as part of Cinerama.
Ming Wong represented the Singapore Pavilion in the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. His works have referenced films by directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wong Kar-wai and Pier Paolo Pasolini, in which the artist explores subjectivity and geographical locations as constructs of motion pictures. Ming Wong lives and works in Berlin and Singapore.
In “Making Chinatown”, his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, USA, Ming Wong recreated key scenes from Roman Polanski’s 1974 film Chinatown. The artist cast himself in the roles originally played by Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston and Belinda Palmer, and in the process of reinterpreting the scenes, examines the “constructions of language, performance and identity” in the original film. (Taken from http://www.mingwong.org/making-chinatown
Other artists and art collectives whose works are featured in the exhibition are: Amy Lee Sanford (USA/ Cambodia), Hayati Mokhtar (Malaysia), Jeremy Sharma (Singapore), Korakrit Arunanondchai and Alex Gvojic (Thailand and USA), Narpati Awangga a.k.a oomleo (Indonesia), Sarah Choo Jing (Singapore), The Propeller Group (Vietnam/ USA), Tromarama (Indonesia), Victor Balanon (Philippines).
A series of accompanying film programmes, workshops, and artist and curator tours will be held over the course of the exhibition period, further exploring the artwork themes and the medium of the moving image.