Is The World Your Friend?

Isaac Chong Wai’s solo exhibition “Is the World Your Friend?” begins with the artist’s personal experience of being attacked by a stranger on the street in 2015 in Berlin, the city he lives in. With performance at the heart of his practice, the artist meditates on how his actions could mediate trauma, intervene in violence, and even exercise reconciliation. The projects presented are made between 2013 and 2019, and address the themes of incarceration, victimisation, border, migration, oppression, and politics of space. “Is the World Your Friend?” is at once a rethinking of intangible relationality, a distillation of invisible violence, and an open-ended question that yields inconvenient responses.

About Isaac Chong (b. 1990, Guangdong province, China)

Isaac Chong Wai graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University with a BA in Visual Arts in 2012, and the Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar, Germany, with a MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies in 2016. His recent solo exhibition includes “Chapter A : The Rehearsal of the Futures” (Apartment der Kunst, Munich, Germany, 2018), “Chapter B: An Artistic Archive of Borders” (Kunstraum München, Munich, Germany, 2018), and “What is the future in the past? And what is the past in the future?” (Bauhaus Museum, Weimar, Germany, 2016). In 2018, Chong was commissioned by M+ Museum to produce the performance work Rehearsal of the Futures: Police Training Exercises, which was performed as part of the “M+ Live Art: Audience as Performer” project. His recent group exhibitions include "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, Germany and Hong Kong.


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