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Wong Ping Lecture and Conversation

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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.”


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Wong Ping: Digital Fables

Wong Ping, 2014–2018, Hong Kong, ca 63 minutes, Cantonese with English subtitles

Streaming April 12–18


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Wong Ping was born in Hong Kong and received his BA from Curtin University in Perth, Australia in 2005. In 2018, he was the recipient of the inaugural Camden Art Centre’s 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. Wong has completed a residency at the Centre for Chinese ­Contemporary Art (2015). Solo exhibitions include Camden Arts Centre, London (forthcoming); Golden Shower, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2019); Who’s the Daddy, CAPRI, 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, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Australia. Wong’s work is held in several permanent collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; M+, Hong Kong; KADIST, Paris/San Francisco; and Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, among others.


Orianna Cacchione is the curator of global contemporary art at the Smart Museum of Art. Her curatorial practice is committed to expanding the canon of contemporary art to respond to the global circulations of art and ideas. At the Smart Museum of Art, Cacchione has curated the exhibitions The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China (with Wu Hung), Samson Young: Silver moon or golden star, which will buy of me?, and Tang Chang: The Painting that Is Painted with Poetry Is Profoundly Beautiful, the first solo presentation of the pioneering abstract artist’s work outside of Thailand.