Kunsthall Stavanger is proud to present the first solo exhibition in Scandinavia by the Hong Kong-based artist Wong Ping.
Through animation, sculpture, and immersive installations, Wong Ping creates disturbing and crude narratives that challenge conventional concepts of human desire, obsession, shame, isolation, and repressed sexuality. As a self-taught animator, Wong’s videos take on a bright and childlike aesthetic, creating a light-hearted, humorous, and accessible approach to the deep psychological issues experienced by the protagonists in his films. His unique visual language helps to diffuse the lewd and offbeat stories that explore the dark corners of human nature. By confronting these uncomfortable issues, the viewer is prompted to question the boundaries of morality and why our society has constructed these barriers.
Many of Wong Ping’s works reveal themselves as metaphors for larger systemic issues, such as immigration, social relations, and economic anxieties. As a Hong Kong native, many of Wong’s works reference the culture of city, but also touch upon everyday problems which transverse physical borders in today’s globalized society.
Wong Ping was born in Hong Kong, and received his BA from Curtin University, Perth, Australia in 2005. In 2018, he was the recipient of the inaugural Camden Arts Emerging Arts Prize, and in 2019, he was one of the winners of The Ammodo Tiger Short Competition at the 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam. Wong has completed a residency at the Chinese Centre for Contemporary Art (2015).
Solo exhibitions include Your Silent Neighbor, New Museum, New York; Heart Digger, Camden Arts Centre, London; Golden Shower, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2019); Who’s the Daddy, CAPRI, Düsseldorf, Germany; and Jungle of Desire, Things that can happen, Hong Kong. His work has been featured in important group exhibitions such as One Hand Clapping, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2018); 2018 Triennial: Songs for Sabotage, New Museum, New York (2018); XO State Dark: Aristophanes, Arts Centre Melbourne (2017); RareKind China, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester (2016); Mobile M+: Moving Images, M+, Hong Kong (2015); and Essential Matters, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul (2015). Wong’s animation films have been presented at numerous international festivals, in Belgium, United Kingdom, Mexico and Australia.
Wong’s work is held in several permanent collections including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; M+, Hong Kong; KADIST, Paris/San Francisco; Fosun Art Foundation, Shanghai, among others.