Lee Wen (Singapore)

Lee Wen’s performances and installations often expose and question the ideologies and value systems of individuals as well as social structures. His work attempts to combine Southeast Asian contexts with international currents in contemporary art. His early practice was associated with The Artists Village, an alternative art group in Singapore and later forged a more individuated artistic career. Lee has been represented at the Busan Biennale (2004), the 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane (1999), the Sexta Bienal de La Habana, (1997), the Kwang Ju Biennial (1995), the 4th Asian Art Show, Fukuoka (1994) Sea Art Festival, Busan Biennale (S.Korea, 2004), National Review of Live Art (Scotland, 2004 & 2005). In 2003 Lee initiated, with the support of the Artists Village, “The Future of Imagination”, an international performance art event that includes forum, documentation and presentation of performance art in Singapore. Since 1999 Lee has also worked with Black Market International an innovative, groundbreaking, utopian performance art collective comprising artists from various countries and cultural backgrounds. In 2009 he initiated “R.I.T.E.S.” - Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak, a platform and institutional framework to present and support live art practices in Singapore. Lee was awarded Singapore’s Cultural Medallion in 2005.

The Rite of Spring 
10th OPEN International Performance Art Festival, Beijing, China, 2009 (Photo: Kai Lam)

More China Than You (我比你中国) 
UP-ON First International Live Art Festival, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 2008 (Photo: Kai Lam)