Watermelon Sisters
Go Camping in Paris

© Ming Wong et Yu Cheng-Ta
© Ming Wong et Yu Cheng-Ta

22.06.19 — 22:00

CN D Pantin

The Watermelon Sisters, a duo composed of Ming Wong and Yu Cheng-Ta, have elaborated a highly colourful, eccentric queer universe, in which they deconstruct aesthetic and political representations associated with gender, race or language. As an extension of their previous works on connected dances, their project Watermelon Sisters Go Camping in Paris brings in popular forms of the digital culture which spreads virally (tutorials, cat videos, filmed challenges…). As in an interactive game, the participants are invited to reinterpret them by creating their own avatars, to confront their performances with the reference video found on the web, while the other participants can in turn join them, enhance or repeat the performances, as if they were memes. On the borderline between the real and virtual worlds, the evening Watermelon Sisters Party will be festive and jubilatory, on the scale of their leaders’ fantasies.

Ming Wong lives and works in Berlin. Born in 1971, he represented Singapore during the 53rd Venice Biennale and won a prize there for Life of Imitation. His work has been presented at the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing, at the Shiseido Gallery in Tokyo, at Redcat Los Angeles, at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Berlin, at the Asia Pacific Triennial of Con- temporary Art in Brisbane, at Performa New York, at the Biennale de Lyon, the Shanghai, Liverpool and Sydney biennales. Ming Wong is interested in cinema and popular culture as a medium for observing the construction of identities that are reproduced and circulated. He presented Tales from the Bamboo Spaceship in 2018 at CN D.
Yu Cheng-Ta (b.1983, Tainan, Taiwan) studied at the Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan. In 2008, he received the 1st place of Taipei Arts Award (TFAM, Taipei) and was awarded the Beacon Prize at Art Fair Tokyo in 2012. He has participated in international exhibitions including: Taipei Biennial, Venice Biennale Taiwan Pavilion, Biennial Cuvée at Linz, International Biennial of Media Art at Melbourne, Queens International at New York, Shanghai Biennale, Berlin International Film Festival. He currently works and lives in Taipei.