|WONG HOY CHEONG: Biography
b. 1960, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Malaysian multimedia artist Wong Hoy Cheong, born in 1960, holds a BA from Brandeis University, an MA in Education from Harvard University, and an MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is an eclectic and prodigiously productive multidisciplinary artist who draws from myriad sources including his own background (the internationally educated son of a Chinese father from a working class immigrant family and a mother from an established Chinese Malaysian family), in his analyses of identity, culture, nationalism and economics. He has a lengthy exhibition history of photography, video, painting, drawing and sculpture.
His work was included in the Venice Biennale, 2003, Re:Looking, The Liverpool Biennial, 2004, Trigger, the Istanbul Biennial, 2007, Oh Sulukule, Darling Sulukule, The 6th Taipei Biennial, 2009, Maid in Malaysia, and the 10th Bienniale de Lyon, 2009-2010, Days Of Our Lives: Reenacted Photographs. His bibliography includes Contemporary Photography from the Far East: Asian Dub Photography, Maggia, Filippo, Lazaarini, Francesca, Skira-Berenice, Milan, Italy, 2009, Shifts: Wong Hoy Cheong 2002-2007, Singapore, 2008, among others. The Malaysian Broadcasting System, created by Mr. Wong covers the history of his fictional Malaysian Empire’s conquest of Austria, and can be viewed on line. He is constantly traveling, analyzing, and conceiving new works which contemplate the major philosophical, social, cultural and economic issues of all times! His powerful and ironic film Doghole (2010) based on the Japanese Occupation of British Borneo (later Malaysia) during and after World War II, was shown and acquired by the Guggenheim Museum for their permanent collection. Wong received the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Creative Fellowship in 2011.
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