Dialogues on sexuality and longing in Chinese Contemporary Art


Dialogues on sexuality and longing in Chinese Contemporary Art

Exhibition & Panel

Shen Xin, Whiskey Chow and Li Maizi

Thursday 24 May

6pm - 8.30pm

Join our Curator’s and a panel of artists and activists to discuss the role of sexuality and gender in contemporary Chinese art using the film work of visual artist Shen Xin as a catalyst for conversation. The panel discussion will include the artist Shen Xin, performance artist Whiskey Chow and activist Li Maizi.

This is a public event open to everyone and has been organised in collaboration with Manchester University’s Sexuality Summer School (SSS), a five-day programme on the theme of ‘Queer Longing’. The SSS brings together postgraduates, researchers and international scholars along with artists, performers, filmmakers, and activists to facilitate discussions that speak to contemporary debates in queer and feminist sexuality studies with a clear emphasis on the interdisciplinary study of culture. Alongside a series of seminars and workshops for postgraduates, the SSS hosts a number of public events addressing this year's theme, which includes this event at the CFCCA.

For more information, please visit the Sexuality Summer School website: https://sexualitysummerschool.wordpress.com or find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SSSMCR/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

This event is FREE and open to all audiences. No booking required.

Shen Xin

The complexities of relationships and their subtle layers of meaning, emotion and charged politics are a thread tying together artist Shen Xin’s works. Working mainly in video Shen interrogates the power structures involved in many relationship scenarios whether that of families, whole communities or personal.

Whiskey Chow

Coming from an activism background of China, Whiskey has been working with female masculinity, stereotypes and cultural projection of Chinese/Asian identity in her practice. Interdisciplinarily making performance, moving image and experimental sound piece, Whiskey's works are context sensitive, which move between gallery space and live art scene.

Li Maizi

Li Tingting, aka Li Maizi, is a Chinese campaigner and activist for gender equality and sexuality.

Whiskey Chow, Look Like Myself Enough. Photo by Jesse Shen (2016)