Chong Lii’s work aims to explore the possibility of merging or levelling disparate spaces, objects, people, and images. Permeable frames of history and ontology are set against the spectacle of fiction, re-articulating the sociopolitical tensions from which these elements arise.
Singaporean millennial fantasies, accidental occult tributes in digital media and imagined historical subcultures are among the subjects filtered through an idiosyncratic gaze that supports and undermines them in equal measure. Operating alongside strategies of complicity and dissent, his installations and films simultaneously counter and revel within the apparatus of the moving image.
Chong received his B.A. from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam, NL). His work has appeared internationally in the VIVO Media Arts Centre, National Gallery Singapore, EYE Filmmuseum, Supernormal, DECK, Stedelijk Museum, Singapore Art Museum, SSBA Salon Culturele Deeltjesversneller van de Stadsschouwburg, Asian Film Archive’s Oldham Theatre, Singapore Short Film Awards, New People Cinema, and the 14th Athens Digital Art Festival, amongst others.
Chong is the art editor for Mynah Magazine, an independent longform publication dedicated to exploring both contemporary and historical Singaporean culture.
He currently lives and works in Singapore.