Ming Wong: Cinema and Cantonese Opera
I’m interested in the divide between our lives today, and the practice and art form that’s traditional and rooted in the past.
Ming Wong’s video and installation works explore the intersections between of language, identity, and performance. In many of his works, he re-enacts scenes from existing films, casting himself as every character—playing both men and women as well as characters of different ages and races—even learning different languages to do so. His unique, thought-provoking works combine elements from performance, theatre, cinema, and art.
In this video, Wong discusses some of the specific elements that influence his work; in particular, Cantonese opera and science fiction. Through looking at the history of both of these art forms, and exploring ways in which they may be able to interact, Wong seeks to connect the past, present, and future.
Produced by M+
Producer: Kenji Wong Wai Kin
Curatorial Research: Alexa Chow, Yung Ma, Tina Pang
Special Thanks: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Ming Wong
Part of the series “Artist’s Lens”
Artist’s Lens features interviews with a variety of artists and makers in the M+ Collections.