Photo Gallery: Ming Wong: Making Chinatown in The Gallery at REDCAT

Ming Wong, Making Chinatown (still), 2012, seven-channel HD video installation with sound. Courtesy the artist.

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Multimedia artist Ming Wong recently opened his first Los Angeles solo exhibition, Making Chinatown, in the Gallery at REDCAT. The Berlin-based artist’s series of videos and scenic backdrops reinterpret the making of Roman Polanski’s seminal 1974 film Chinatown, emphasizing the theatrical qualities that “underlie cinematic artifice.”


Shot on location in the Gallery at REDCAT, Wong’s reinterpretation, Making Chinatown, transforms the exhibition space into a studio backlot and examines the original film’s constructions of language, performance and identity. With the artist cast in the roles originally played by Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston and Belinda Palmer, key scenes are reenacted in front of printed backdrops that are digitally rendered from film stills and kept intact within the video installation.

Much of Wong’s work involves world cinema and popular forms of entertainment, working through the visual styles of well-known directors in order to emphasize how subjectivity and geographic location are constructed by motion pictures.

Making Chinatown will remain at REDCAT through April 1.

The photo gallery above contains film stills courtesy of the artist, production shots by Chiara Giovando (Film/Video MFA 11) and installation photos by Institute photographer Scott Groller.

Ming Wong: Making Chinatown
The Gallery at REDCAT
Through April 1

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