MING WONG LEARN GERMAN WITH PETRA VON KANT
The Gallery, Third Floor Tyneside Cinema
OPEN DAILY 20 JUNE – 2 JULY 2017
This work was developed by Ming Wong as part of a personal, selfdesigned
German language and cultural immersion programme,
while he was preparing to relocate to Berlin in August 2007.
Believing that one of the best ways to get insight into a foreign culture is
through the films of that country, the artist has adopted one of his favourite
German films as his guide, ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant’ (1972) by Rainer
Werner Fassbinder, about a successful but arrogant fashion designer in her
mid-thirties, who falls into despair when she loses the woman she loves.
Putting himself in the mould of German actress Margit Carstensen as
Petra Von Kant – a role for which she won several awards – the artist
attempts to articulate himself through as wide a range of emotions as
displayed by the actress in the climactic scene from the film, where our
tragic lovesick anti-heroine goes through a hysterical disintegration.