Wang Tuo (born 1984 in Changchun, China) employs various mediums and a process that combines interview, reality show and the theatre of absurd to construct a maze of melodrama. Through his performative manipulation on individuals’ lived experiences and intervention in intellectual legacies such as literature, film, theatre and art history, Wang’s practice attempts to examine the unreliable relationship between the contemporary human status, myth and cultural archive. In the self-referential environments that he constructs, dramatic, often humorous as well as absurd aspects of the concept of society are exposed. Wang’s practice also seeks to develop a discourse on how present ideology is derived from its historical context and continues to adapt to changing conditions.
The artist currently lives and works in New York and Beijing. Wang has recently shown at White Space (Beijing), Taikang Space (Beijing), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), TEN Multimedia Center (Tirana, Albania), Gezira Art Center (Cairo, Egypt), IMA Film Society (India), Vo× Populi (Philadelphia), HVCCA (New York), Residency Unlimited (New York) and NARS Foundation (New York).
Wang Tuo is currently an artist-in-residence at the Queens Museum in New York.