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Wong Ping’s surreal and saucy debut solo UK show to open this week

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Wong Ping (Via Camden Arts Centre)

Much-loved sino-futurist Wong Ping’s first ever UK solo show opens at the Camden Arts Centre this Friday, 5 July.

Having been presented with the inaugural Camden Arts Centre Emerging Artist Prize back in October 2018, the absurdly talented Hong Kong-based creative is set to unveil what the London gallery describes as “a group of the artist’s most recent animated films, installed within his bespoke installation environments.”

Running until 19 September Heart Digger will feature the sort of sexually explicit work we’ve come to expect from the self-taught sculptor and animator. Not that his work features smut for the sake of sauciness, of course. No, it is, we’re told, a means for the artist to explore “a universal language through which he communicates more pervasive concerns about identity, fear, mortality and loneliness.”

The show’s centrepiece is a pair of films – Fables 1 and Fables 2 – that are populated entirely by a cast of animals. Featuring “a convicted capitalist cow, a three-headed homicidal rabbit, and a telepathic tree,” amongst others, the disorientating double-header promises to “hold up a twisted mirror to our own humanity, whilst mutated figures with asymmetrical facial features, eyes that have slid down beneath a cheek, or breasts that have grown on an adolescent girl’s back, become the focal points of subversive domestic fantasies.”

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Wong Ping, stills from ‘Wong Ping’s Fables 1’ (Via Edouard Malingue Gallery/Wong Ping)

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Wong Ping, stills from ‘Wong Ping’s Fables 1’ (Via Edouard Malingue Gallery/Wong Ping)

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Wong Ping, stills from ‘Wong Ping’s Fables 2’ (Via Edouard Malingue Gallery/Wong Ping)

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Wong Ping, stills from ‘Wong Ping’s Fables 2’ (Via Edouard Malingue Gallery/Wong Ping)