Both projects have to do with migration and
settling in other countries for various reasons; work, personal desire,
exploitation or mere survival. Born in Hong Kong, Will grew up in Canada,
was educated in America and now divides his time between New York and
Toronto, so he has a personal interest in the issue of how to participate
in the public life of a place where one is always perceived as an outsider
and never completely integrated. He also believes that working in foreign
context is fundamental for his development as an artist to formulate a
better understanding of larger patterns of global culture.
One of the reasons Will applied for the residency
was to investigate the idea of creating projects that have a substantive
effect on society. He says the work at Cittadellarte should not be about
trying to "make the world a more compassionate and communicative
space", but to reveal and challenge the inequity of power that exists.
Striving for an actual transformation means long-term engagement and thorough
research, and Will says his stay here has changed his view on concepts
like scale, temporality, and commitment in relation to artistic practice.