Jason Wee

b. 1979 in Singapore
Working in Singapore and New York, NY, United States of America
Showing at Asia Society Museum
On view October 27, 2020, through February 7, 2021
Jason Wee, Uncommon Choreographies, WIP (detail), 2020

Jason Wee, Uncommon Choreographies, WIP (detail), 2020. 10 laminated chromogenic prints on paperboard. Each: H. 32 1/2 x W. 19 11/16 in. (82.5 x 50 cm). Courtesy of the artist. Photograph courtesy of the artist

This work was commissioned by Asia Society Museum, New York, for the inaugural Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone.

Jason Wee is an artist and writer working between the mediums of photography, architecture, and poetry. His interest in eschewing mono-narratives in favor of polyphony and difference opens up opportunities to unearth secrets, possibilities, and idealisms and explore the potential conundrums they create. Wee also founded Grey Projects, an artists’ space, library, and residency program in Singapore. 

Uncommon Choreographies is a photo-based installation composed of twelve panels that exemplifies Wee’s interest in abstraction as a tool to extend the expressive possibilities of photographic surfaces and depths. Each image represents an obscured depiction of an unspecified location frequented by the queer community in Singapore for assignations. Collectively, these images can be considered composites of every other image in the set. As the jigsaw-puzzle motif suggests, Wee’s deconstruction of these locations is a visual strategy to express the immediacy and distancing possibilities of his subject’s movements, while reinforcing the clandestine nature of their actions. In a place of surveillance and danger, the secret choreographies depicted in these abstracted images are pleasure-seeking scripts for creating and recreating queer subjectivities. 

Supported by Lauren Bogen and Richard Nijkerk, Vinod and Adele Nair