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On How to Say Goodbye / Sep 24, 9pm HKT / Suitcase Institute /
Only accessible through @suitcaseinstitute on Instagram /

Suitcase Institute is pleased to announce the official inaugural performance for On How to Say Goodbye (2020), an artwork by artist Nicole Wong.

Nicole Wong’s suitcase is a meditation on impermanence, memory, intimacy, life, death, and farewells. Here, a vintage, taxidermy fox appears to be sleeping; nearby are items that connote acts of intimacy and connection, such as a comb, a bottle of hand sanitizer, and postcards. When displayed, the artwork invites passers-by to examine their own relationship to loss, grief, and mortality, creating moments of connection in unexpected places.

In an effort to avoid large public gatherings, however, Nicole Wong has decided to publicly unveil the artwork with a performance that will be live-streamed from Suitcase Institute’s Instagram account (@suitcaseinstitute) at 9pm on Thursday, September 24.

On How to Say Goodbye is the second suitcase artwork produced by Suitcase Institute. The artwork has previously been shown on a pedestrian bridge in Hong Kong. For more details on Suitcase Institute and its future projects and locations, visit and subscribe to the newsletter.

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Notes to Editors

Nicole Wong (b. 1990, Hong Kong) works beyond the bounds of any single medium, adopting a process-driven approach to investigating philosophical questions associated with time, the tenuous connections between words and objects, and the limits of communication. 

Often quiet and unassuming, Wong’s works invite introspective thought through their appeal to universal sentiments and desires. Deftly weaving wordplay and double entendre throughout her practice, the artist explores the connections between literal and connotative meanings. Her works thus enter the realm of semiotics, incorporating everyday objects and common materials to question the relationship between an object’s physical form its meaning. 

Wong has presented in notable international group exhibitions including SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, curated by Mami Kataoka, Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2018); A Tree Fell in the Forest, and No One’s There, curated by Andre Chan, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China (2018–19); KOTODAMA, Para Site, Hong Kong (2018); and Self-Criticism – How Much Time Is Being Wasted?, curated by Lee Kit, Inside Out Museum, Beijing, China (2017).

Suitcase Institute is a traveling platform for the itinerant exhibition of art. Suitcase Institute exhibitions can travel to and be presented in any location. While traveling, the suitcase is used as luggage. Exhibitions unpack / wrap-up open / close assemble / disassemble quickly. Suitcase Institute was founded in Hong Kong in 2018 by Willem Molesworth and Ysabelle Cheung. For more information on upcoming presentations, please visit

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