Lee Mingwei (Taipei, Paris, New York)

In Conversation with H.G. Masters

Day 2 of FIELD MEETING began with Lee Mingwei’s humble revelations about some of his most accomplished projects over the past two decades focusing on the subtleties of reciprocal exchange. This heartwarming conversation between Lee Mingwei and H.G. Masters, editor-at-large of ArtAsiaPacific magazine, explored Lee’s past and recent projects, including Sonic Blossom (2015), and his interest in individuals’ stories and personal histories as well as the connections between the practice of performance art and interactive art.

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Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations where strangers explore issues of trust, intimacy, self-awareness, and the nature of one-on-one events. His projects are often open-ended scenarios based on everyday interactions, where participants’ involvement often changes form during the course of an exhibition. Lee received an MFA from Yale University in 1997 and has had solo exhibitions internationally, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Fabric Workshop and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has also been featured in biennials in Venice, Lyon, Liverpool (2006, 2010), Taipei, Sydney, Whitney, and the Echigo-Tsumari Triennial. In 2014-2015 the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo presented the artist’s first major retrospective: Lee Mingwei and His Relations.

Top Right: Image courtesy of Derick Marquez.
Bottom Left: Image courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.