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53rd Venice Biennale
7 June - 22 November 2009

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Palazzo Michiel del Brusa

Life of Imitation
7 June - 22 November 2009
Opening reception: 6 June 2009, 11 am


* 1971 Singapore; lives there and in Berlin, Germany.
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Commissioner: LIM Chwee Seng
Director of Visual Arts & Resource Development, National Arts Council (NAC)

Curator: TANG Fu Kuen
* 1972 Singapore. Currently the Programming Advisor for the Singapore Arts Festival 2009.

Special Mention to Ming Wong
The Jury of the 53rd International Art Exhibition has assigned one of the four Special Mentions to Ming Wong for his works in the Pavilion of Singapore.

The Singapore Pavilion, entitled Life of Imitation, stages the co-existence of multiple worlds where language, gender, appearance and traditions constantly negotiate with one another. In playful and imperfect acts of mimesis and melodrama, this exhibition attempts to hold the mirror up to the Singaporean condition related to roots, hybridity and change.

Wong explores the performative veneers of language and identity through his own "world cinema" - a series of video installations based on well-known works and artistes in Asian cinema. The mood is further enhanced by billboards painted by Wong and Singapore's last surviving billboard painter Neo Chon Teck, and movie memorabilia such as photographs of old cinemas in Singapore, paintings, drawings and transcripts, depicting the creation process of Wong's video installations and the entire exhibition itself.

(From the press release)

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14 April 2009. General information, theme, artist, curator, contacts, etc.

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