Simon Leung was born in Hong Kong and lives in Los Angeles. He was educated at University of California Los Angeles, Columbia University, and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Leung is an artist whose work is project-based, spanning several mediums (video, performance, sculpture, drawing, critical theory, fiction, and opera), sometimes inhabiting several forms at once. He is the co-editor of Theory in Contemporary Art Since 1985 (Blackwell 2004), and since 2001 has taught at the University of California, Irvine.
His projects in various media include a reconsideration of Marcel Duchamp’s oeuvre as an discourse in ethics, as seen through Étant donnés; a rethinking of the psychological, philosophical, and political dimensions of AIDS in the figure of the glory hole; meditations on the residual space of the Vietnam-American War; a video essay on the site/non-site dialectic instigated by Robert Smithson’s reception of Edgar Allan Poe; “squatting projects” in various cities (Berlin, New York, Chicago, Vienna, Guangzhou, Hong Kong); and an ongoing opera project set in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park called The Side of the Mountain.
Leung has participated in the Guangzhou Triennial (2008), the Luleå Summer Biennial (2005), the Venice Biennale (2003), the Whitney Biennial (1993), and has also exhibited at Pat Hearn Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Generali Foundation (Vienna), 1a Space (Hong Kong), NGBK (Berlin), and Sala Mendoza (Caracas).