Life and Death in Venice / Leben und Tod in Venedig
Vita e Morte a Venezia, 2010

3-channel HD digital video installation, 16 min
Courtesy of the artist


Ming Wong builds layers of cinematic language, social structure, identity and introspection through his own re-telling of world cinema.


In his arthouse re-enactment, Life and Death in Venice, we are placed between exchanges of gaze by a dying composer and his young object of desire - filmed guerilla-style.


Wong, who characteristically plays the all-starring roles himself (20 years too old and too young to be either character), projects the viewer into this intriguing and beguiling work, which recreates Luchino Visconti's 1971 film Death in Venice. Also featured is a lightbox in Cinema 1, advertising the piece in the form of a hand-painted film poster.


Ming Wong was born 1971 in Singapore, and lives and works in Berlin and Singapore.

Wong's practice explores the performative veneers of language and identity through his own 'world cinema'.

He represented Singapore at the 53rd Venice International Biennale in 2009, gaining critical acclaim for his presentation Life of Imitation, which won Special Mention (Expanding Worlds). He has also shown at the Sydney Biennale 2010, Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver and ZKM Center for Art & Media amongst others.

He has assumed international residencies at ACME Studios, London, and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Past awards include the London Artists' Film and Video Award by Film London and the Pearson Creative Research Fellowship at the British Library.