• Ming Wong, Me in Me, 2013 (Still), © Masumi Kawamura, Courtesy: the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier I gebauer, Berlin

    Ming Wong, Me in Me, 2013 (Still), © Masumi Kawamura, Courtesy: the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier I gebauer, Berlin

    Ming Wong, Me in Me, 2013 (Still), © Masumi Kawamura, Courtesy: the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier I gebauer, Berlin

    Ming Wong, Me in Me, 2013 (Still), © Masumi Kawamura, Courtesy: the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier I gebauer, Berlin

    Ming Wong, Me in Me, 2013 (Still), © Masumi Kawamura, Courtesy: the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier I gebauer, Berlin

    Installation view at NKV: Ming Wong / Me in Me, 2015 (2013), Courtesy: the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier I gebauer, Berlin

    Installation view at NKV: Ming Wong / Me in Me, 2015 (2013), Courtesy: the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier I gebauer, Berlin

    Installation view at NKV: Ming Wong / Me in Me, 2015 (2013), Courtesy: the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier I gebauer, Berlin

    Installation view at NKV: Ming Wong / Me in Me, 2015 (2013), Courtesy: the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier I gebauer, Berlin

    Installation view at NKV: Ming Wong / Me in Me, 2015 (2013), Courtesy: the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier I gebauer, Berlin

    Installation view at NKV: Ming Wong / Me in Me, 2015 (2013), Courtesy: the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier I gebauer, Berlin

    Ming Wong / Me in Me

    RAY 2015


    19. June 2015 to 02. August 2015

    Opening: Ming Wong / Me in Me
    Thursday, June 18th 2015, 7 to 9 pm

    In cooperation with: RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt / RheinMain 2015

    Opening: IMAGINE REALITY /
    RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt / RheinMain
    Friday, June 19th 2015, 7 pm at MMK1 Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt

                  

     

  • In Me in Me, Ming Wong portrays three recurring archetypes of Japanese cinema culture. He himself adopts the role of the geisha in formalistic Kabuki style, as that of a traditional housewife from postwar neorealism, as well as playing a contemporary science-fiction anime character. In each of these roles, the female protagonist is searching for fulfillment and belonging in a misplaced patriarchal context, defining her ideas of self, and discovering her will to survive. In addition to the different scenes and change of roles, Wong shows us the complete set, with moments out of character and insights into the construction of the various scenes.

    The foundation and transformation of identity form the central themes of Ming Wong’s work.Wong tracks down phenomena such as alienation, global imagery, and stereotypes, bringing them to the foreground through film, photography, and installations. Having grown up in exile in Singapore, this artist of Chinese descent plays the three Japanese female roles with an elegant sense of humor and self-deprecation. His physiognomy dictates that he is imitating these women, though in spite of his gender, he identifies with them; and with that, his work remains not just formally at the level of a making-of feature, but rather allows the processes of transformation, appropriation, and a true representation of reality to shine. In this way, the initial concept of RAY FOTOGRAFIEPROJEKTE IMAGINE REALITY is connected to Wongs work, going beyond mere questions of media.

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