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Making Career Movies

By Eliza Tan

Reflecting on his recent success in Venice, Singaporean artist Ming Wong seeks creative guidance through two fictional personalities.

Promotional stills from the 1971 film Death in Venice, directed by Luchino Visconti. Dirk Bogarde as Dr. von Aschenbach.  Courtesy Ming Wong.

Promotional stills from the 1971 film Death in Venice, directed by Luchino Visconti. BjÖrn Andrésen as Tadzio. Courtesy Ming Wong.

Ming Wong’s entry for the Singapore Pavilion at last year’s Venice Biennale, Life of Imitation (2009), presented a multiethnic cast of cross-dressing actors reenacting iconic…

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