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LEE WENStrange Fruit, 2003, c-print, 42 × 59.4 cm. Courtesy Singapore Art Museum. 

We Dare to Dream: On Lee Wen

“Anida, nice bugs don’t bite but dream.” Lee Wen scribbled these words inside my copy of his monograph Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real when I first met him in 2015. By that time, he already knew me as the “bug lady” because of my “The Buddhist Bug” series. I was simultaneously humbled and star-struck. Lee Wen showed an uncompromising commitment to performance as a language that unlocks possibilities for hybrid forms bridging life and art, and his works resonate for their poetic extensions of the body that unapologetically pushed against marginalization. 

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