Isaac Chong Wai
Self Portrait: The evening when I was beaten up by a stranger with a glass bottle

Isaac Chong Wai

b. 1990, Guangdong province, China

Isaac Chong Wai (b. 1990, Guangdong, China) works with diverse media, including performance, site-specific installation, public art, video, photography and mixed media. He transforms the tensions, intervention and interactions of human bodies into a microcosm of human relationality in social systems. Influenced by personal events and global phenomena, he engages themes of collectivism and individualism, politics of time and space, border, migration, war, militarism, racism, identity politics, LGBTQ, public sphere and human rights.

His recent solo exhibitions include “Post-Mythical Accidents” (Una Boccata d’Arte, Fondazione Elpis and Galleria Continua, Castiglione di Sicily, Italy, 2022); “If we keep crying, we will go blind” (Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey, 2022); “Leaderless” (Bilsart, Istanbul, Turkey, 2021); “What is the future in the past? And what is the Past in the Future?” (Zilberman, Berlin, Germany, 2019); “Chapter A: The Rehearsal of the Futures” (Apartment der Kunst, Munich, Germany, 2018); and “Chapter B: An Artistic Archive of Borders” (Kunstraum München, Munich, Germany, 2018). In 2018, Chong was commissioned by M+ to produce the performance work “Rehearsal of the Futures: Police Training Exercises”.

Chong’s recent group exhibitions include “Spheres of Interest” (ifa-Galerie, Berlin, Germany, 2022); “Forming Communities: Berliner Wege” (Kindl Museum, Berlin, Germany, 2022);  “BEYOND” (Hamburger Kusnthalle, Hamburg, Germany, 2022); “Carried by the Wind” (PF25, Atelier Mondial, Basel, Switzerland, 2022); “17th Contemporary Istanbul” (Istanbul, Turkey, 2022); “transeuropa [X]” (European Festival for Performing Arts, Hildesheim, Germany, 2021); “Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong” (Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong, 2020); “The Racing Will Continue, The Dancing Will Stay” (Times Museum, Guangzhou, China, 2019); “Living Sound—Expanding the Extramusical” (MOCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan, 2019); “The D-Tale: Video Art from the Pearl River Delta” (Time Art Center, Berlin, Germany, 2018), “BERLIN MASTERS” (Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, Germany, 2017); and “Forecast Forum” (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, 2017).

Chong currently lives and works in Berlin and Hong Kong.


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