Join Hong Kong artist and animator Wong Ping and Orianna Cacchione, curator of global contemporary art at the Smart Museum of Art, for a wide-ranging look at the ideas and approaches that inform his practice.
Self-described as “low-tech, stand-up comedies,” Wong Ping’s animations and installations combine ribald humor with nuanced social commentary. Wong’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 Short Award at both the 2019 and 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam. When once asked about the explicit nature of his work, Wong 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.”
Presented in partnership with the Open Practice Committee in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.
Wong Ping: Digital Fables
Wong Ping, 2014–2018, Hong Kong, ca 63 minutes, Cantonese with English subtitles
Streaming April 12–18