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In pictures: Malaysian artist Wong Hoy Cheong's works at Art Basel Hong Kong 2018

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In pictures: Malaysian artist Wong Hoy Cheong's works at Art Basel Hong Kong 2018
Held from 29 to 31 March, Art Basel Hong Kong featured 248 galleries from 32 countries


Represented by Eslite Gallery, some of local artist-turned-social activist Wong Hoy Cheong's impactful works were on show at Art Basel Hong Kong last weekend. While a majority of the art pieces on display are not quite new—his focus is more on politics and policy-making as of late—his old works still ring relevant today. The witty Maid in Malaysia (2008) photographic series in particular caught our eyes, depicting domestic workers performing their duties as different female cultural icons such as Supergirl, Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc—a laud to the super-tasks they take on (that often go underappreciated) in our homes on the daily, perhaps. 

 

In Days of Our Lives (2009), Wong explored contemporary European identity in a series of reenacted photographs based on French paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon featuring familiar domestic scenes, but with migrant minorities as subjects. 

 

See Wong's works, including stills from films and videos, that were displayed at Art Basel 2018 here:

Text: Su Fen Tan

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