Contemporary Arts

Kacey WONG

Born 1970 in Hong Kong, based in Hong Kong.

Studied both architecture and art, and teaches at the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Rather than high art, he investigates architectural art that’s an extension of the everyday and empowers society. Has won many awards, including the Hong Kong Contemporary Arts Award in 2012. His mobile tricycle project 《Wandering Home》 represented Hong Kong at the 11th Venice Architectural Biennale in 2008. Other works, like 《Sleepwalker》 (a moving bed that was featured at the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture), 《Paddling Home》, and his sculpture resembling a robot for the use of homeless people all have a powerful element of social commentary. His 《Drift City》 photo series, begun in 2000 and still ongoing, has taken him to famous architectural monuments, etc., all over the world, from the Forbidden City to the Pyramids and the Schroder House, to take pictures of himself posing near them in a skyscraper costume. In recent years Wong has spoken out against China’s nationalistic education through performances, demonstrations, and exhibitions, and has campaigned for the release of fellow artist Ai Weiwei, turning himself into a leading identity in contemporary Hong Kong.

  《Drift City》2008
Utrecht, The Netherlands
courtesy of the artist
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