Wong Ping

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date

Digital Fables
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:00p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St.
Chicago, IL
United States
Courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong Shanghai; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles.

Wong Ping: Digital Fables has been postponed for a later date.

Self-described as “low-tech, stand-up comedies,” Wong Ping’s animations and installations combine ribald humor with nuanced social commentary. Ping’s singular digital-pop imagery, scintillating sexual themes, and lucid depictions of contemporary social relations have garnered both international acclaim and honors like the Ammodo Tiger Award for Best Short Film at the 2019 International Film Festival Rotterdam. When once asked about the explicit nature of his work, he replied, “most of my works are in fact not about sexual desires; they are more like parables exploring the suppressed emotions of people living in Hong Kong, a city facing serious population and land issues.” Ping presents a selection of projects, including Wong Ping’s Fables (2018), Dear, Can I Give You a Hand (2018), Who’s the Daddy (2017), and Jungle of Desire (2016), among others, and discusses his practice.

2014–19, Hong Kong, digital video, ca 70 minutes followed by audience discussion.

Presented in partnership with the Open Practice Committee in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.

Wong Ping in person

Wong Ping was born in Hong Kong and received his Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University, Perth, Australia in 2005. In 2018, he was the recipient of the inaugural Camden Arts Centre Emerging Artist Prize, and in 2019, he was one of the winners of the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition at the 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam. Solo exhibitions include The Modern Way to Shower, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2019); Heart Digger, Camden Arts Centre, London (2019); 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 group exhibitions including, 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, Australia (2017); RareKind China, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, England (2016); Mobile M+: Moving Images, M+, Hong Kong (2015); and Essential Matters, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul (2015). Ping’s animation films have been presented at numerous international festivals. His work is held in several permanent collections, including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; M+, Hong Kong; Kadist, Paris and San Francisco; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; and Fosun Art Foundation, Shanghai; among others.

Wong Ping