Installation view of WONG KIT YI’s DNA sampling station at “Magic Wands, Batons and DNA Splicers,” am Space, Art Basel, Hong Kong, 2018. Courtesy the artist and am Space, Hong Kong.

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New York-based conceptual artist Wong Kit Yi shares a website, apartment and body with her business manager Ali Wong. “Kit Yi” was born in Hong Kong in 1982 and named as such by her parents following the advice of a feng shui master. “Ali” came about when a British expatriate teacher, who had trouble remembering Chinese names, assigned the moniker to her in class. Kit Yi can be identified as the more creative one of the two; her only real interest in life is making art. Ali, on the other hand, is more grounded and organized. The two of them unanimously insist that they have always coexisted with each other. 

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