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Lee Weng Choy



Lee Weng Choy is an art critic and artistic co-director of The Substation arts centre in Singapore. Born in Malaysia in 1963, while still a toddler, he, along with the rest of the family, left Kuala Lumpur for Manhattan. A couple years later, they moved to Manila. After finishing high school, Weng Choy went back to the US to study physics, philosophy and literature, then came to Singapore in 1992. Since then, he has lectured on art and cultural studies, convened international conferences, and written widely on contemporary art, including the essays: “The future was when: art criticism and the comparative tenses of Hong Kong and Singapore” (Journal of Visual Culture 6:3, Sage Publications, 2007);

“Authenticity, Reflexivity & Spectacle; or, the Rise of New Asia is not the End of the World” (Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985, Blackwell Publishing, 2005); “Just What Is it that Makes the Term Global-Local So Widely Cited, Yet So Annoying?” (Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture, New Museum & MIT Press, 2004), and “Biennale Time and the Spectres of Exhibition” (Forum On Contemporary Art & Society, 2002). Weng Choy is currently president of the Singapore Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA Sg), and also serves on the academic advisory board of the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong.