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b. 1990, SAR, China

Isaac Chong Wai Biography

Isaac Chong Wai (b. 1990, China) works across a range of media, including live performance, video, photography, and site-specific installation, and considers the interplay between the collective and the individual, the politics of time and space, and real and imagined futures. His works often engage with other performers with whom Chong performs, to allow for further interrogation of notions of the social and unified body. He works and lives in Berlin and Hong Kong.

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Chong graduated from Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University with a BA in Visual Arts and Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar, Germany, with a MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies. His most recent solo exhibitions include: Is the World Your Friend? (Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, 2019), An Artistic Archive of Borders (Kunstraum München, Munich, Germany, 2018), Future of the Past-Past of the Future (Goethe Institut Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2018), What is the future in the past? And what is the past in the future? (Bauhaus Museum, Weimar, Germany, 2016). His selected group exhibitions include: Living Sound—Expanding the extramusical (Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Taipei, Taiwan, 2019), The Racing Will Continue, The Dancing Will Stay (Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China, 2019), Imaginary Bauhaus Museum (Schiller Museum, Weimar, Germany, 2019), M+ Live Art Audience As Performer (M+ Museum, Hong Kong, 2018), The D-Tale: Video Art from the Pearl River Delta (Times Art Center, Berlin, Germany, 2018), KOTODAMA (Para Site, Hong Kong, 2018), Forecast Forum (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, 2017), Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, A Time for Dreams (National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) and Museum of Moscow, Moscow, Russia, 2014).

Text courtesy Zilberman Gallery.

Isaac Chong Wai Featured Artworks

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Pietas by Isaac Chong Wai contemporary artwork
Isaac Chong WaiPietas, 2019Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle paper
80 x 53.5 cm
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Pietas by Isaac Chong Wai contemporary artwork
Isaac Chong WaiPietas, 2019Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle paper
50 x 33.5 cm
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113 lines in blue by Isaac Chong Wai contemporary artwork
Isaac Chong Wai113 lines in blue, 2019Acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm
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Police Training Exercise #3 by Isaac Chong Wai contemporary artwork
Isaac Chong WaiPolice Training Exercise #3, 2019Ink on paper
30 x 75 cm
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Police Training Exercise #2 by Isaac Chong Wai contemporary artwork
Isaac Chong WaiPolice Training Exercise #2, 2019Ink on paper
30 x 90 cm
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Police Training Exercise #1 by Isaac Chong Wai contemporary artwork
Isaac Chong WaiPolice Training Exercise #1, 2019Ink on paper
30 x 120 cm
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314 lines in blue by Isaac Chong Wai contemporary artwork
Isaac Chong Wai314 lines in blue, 2019Acrylic on canvas
80 x 120 cm
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Hong Kong and Hong Kong by Isaac Chong Wai contemporary artwork
Isaac Chong WaiHong Kong and Hong Kong, 2017Crystal resin, flag, paper, soundtrack, 2 mins 49 secs
19.9 x 26.4 x 8 cm
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Isaac Chong Wai Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Isaac Chong Wai, Elmas Deniz, Simon Wachsmuth, Recurrence at Zilberman Gallery, Berlin
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26 June–29 August 2020 Isaac Chong Wai, Elmas Deniz, Simon Wachsmuth Recurrence Zilberman GalleryBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Isaac Chong Wai, I Made a Boat in Prison–A Journey to the Shore at Zilberman Gallery, Project Space, Istanbul
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11 September–8 December 2019 Isaac Chong Wai I Made a Boat in Prison–A Journey to the Shore Zilberman GalleryProject Space, Istanbul
Contemporary art exhibition, Isaac Chong Wai, What is the future in the past? And what is the past in the future? at Zilberman Gallery, Berlin
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5 September–9 November 2019 Isaac Chong Wai What is the future in the past? And what is the past in the future? Zilberman GalleryBerlin

Isaac Chong Wai Represented By

Zilberman Gallery contemporary art gallery in Istanbul, Turkey Zilberman Gallery Istanbul, Berlin

Isaac Chong Wai In Ocula Magazine

MetaObjects: Towards a Theory of Studio Practice Ocula Conversation MetaObjects: Towards a Theory of Studio Practice By Emily Verla Bovino, Hong Kong

Ashley Lee Wong and Andrew Crowe, the founders of digital studio MetaObjects, discuss their approach to knowledge sharing and collaborative processes.

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Isaac Chong Wai on Falling Carefully Ocula Conversation Isaac Chong Wai on Falling Carefully By Tessa Moldan, Berlin

Isaac Chong Wai uses video, performance, and sculpture to visualise distributions of power and knowledge within human relationships and social systems.

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Isaac Chong Wai In Related Press

The Human Body: Measure and Norms Related Press The Human Body: Measure and Norms 11 February 2016, Art Asia Pacific

One of the ways we learn to think is by differentiating—a cat from a dog, black from white, humans from chimps, morality from immorality. The Human Body: Measure and Norms, the latest group exhibition at Hong Kong’s Blindspot Gallery, which features works of seven local artists, is French curator Caroline Ha Thuc’s attempt to...

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With a clinical view, Hong Kong art show challenges how we see our bodies Related Press With a clinical view, Hong Kong art show challenges how we see our bodies 16 December 2015, South China Morning Post

Blindspot Gallery’s new exhibition features works by seven artists who have used very different media to tackle the same issue: how do you use art to break down hardened social norms about the human body? A clinical, detached air runs through the first part of a show that parodies the objectification of bodies. On arrival, visitors are...

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