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Essays

Valuing Asia

Wong Hoy Cheong’s quest for a postcolonial visual vocabulary

Sumit Mandal

WONG HOY CHEONG, Text Tiles, 2000, 290 tiles made from "disintegrated, pulped and burnt text of Asian histories, 20 woven images of world leaders, catalogue made from leftover pages from books, 4.5 x 5.5 m.

Wong Hoy Cheong has been busy destroying texts. The intensively process-oriented Malaysian artist found the task of shredding and burning books both disturbing and satisfying as he crafted the installation Text Tiles for the 2000 Kwangju Biennale. The book lover and educator in Hoy…

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