b. 1960, Penang, Malaysia
Wong Hoy Cheong works in drawing, photography, painting, performance, and film. Wong’s film, Doghole (2010), which has been acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection, is an exploration of the Japanese occupation of pre-independent Malaysia during and following World War II. Here, the artist explores the psychological effects of war, suggesting that its stressful conditions may elicit extreme and ambiguous responses. In 2011, Wong was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Creative Fellowship. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (1996 and 2004), and Eslite Gallery, Taipei (2010). His work has also been included in group exhibitions internationally including the Lyon Biennial, France (2009); and Negotiating Home, History, and Nation: Two Decades of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia, 1991–2011, Singapore Art Museum (2011). Wong lives and works in Kuala Lumpur.