Isaac Chong Wai

b. 1990

Isaac Chong Wai uses performance, video, installation, photography and drawing as mediators to investigate contemporary global phenomena. His work transforms the emotions, tensions, and memories from human interactions into performative materiality and immersive experiences. Treading the line between the individual and the collective, he examines the vulnerability of the body and the inherent violence within social systems and historical traumas and imagines alternative microcosms of human relations.

Chong is a participating artist for the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, “Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere” curated by Adriano Pedrosa. His recent solo exhibitions were shown at Liste Art Fair Basel (Basel, 2023), Museum Schloss Moyland (Moyland, 2023), Una Boccata d’Arte (Sicilia, 2022), Bilsart, (Istanbul, 2021), and Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong, 2019). Chong’s works have also been featured in group exhibitions at the 22nd Biennial of Videobrasil (São Paulo, 2023), Brücke-Museum and Schinkel Pavillon e.V. (Berlin, 2023), daadgalerie (Berlin, 2023), Hamburger Bahnhof–Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart Museum (Berlin, 2023), esea contemporary (Manchester, 2023), Taikang Space (Beijing, 2023), Tai Kwun Contemporary (Hong Kong, 2022), Kindl Museum (Berlin, 2022), Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (Bonn, 2022), Neues Museum Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design Nürnberg (Nürnberg, 2022), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul, 2020), IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam, 2020), Museum of Contemporary Art (Taipei, 2019), and M+ (Hong Kong, 2018), amongst others.

Chong currently lives and works between Berlin and Hong Kong.

Videos (4)
Isaac Chong Wai's Falling Carefully | Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong
Falling Into Place – The Artistic Journey of Isaac Chong Wai
Isaac Chong Wai über "I dated a guy in Buchenwald"
M+ Talks|Performance and Social Change in Hong Kong|Alice Teng, wen yau, Isaac Chong Wai