April 7, 1998
Performance Art

About the Program

The concept of a suitcase is always associated with one's private lifestyle, and a transparent suitcase appearing in a public place makes us feel uneasy. What we shall see is a well-designed and finely-tailored item of clothing considered typically Chinese according to Western ethnocentric views, which can safely become a symbolic resource for representing the situation or the identity of Chinese art (the new taxonomy of cultures created under the guise of Western promotion of multiculturalism privileges this symbolic resource). Paul Wong's Wah-Q is derived from two recent projects: The Chinatown Tapes and Blending Milk & Water: Sex in the New World. This experimental presentation is the framework for future exploring of multimedia and language. Wah-Q was curated by Glenn Alteen in conjunction with Shi Yong's A Concept Over Another Concept exhibition that is part of the citywide Jiangnan series, and was created for Journey to the East—a festival of performances and exhibitions of three-dimensional art in Hong Kong in January 1998. Twenty-eight directors and artists from Beijing, Taipei, Singapore, New York, Shanghai, London, and Hong Kong were invited to make works using two chairs and a table—the stage set of classical Peking Opera.


Paul Wong


Photography: Merle Addison
Technical Equipment: Mike MacDonald and Video In Studios
Wardrobe: Dana Claxton


1998.0407 WAH

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