When an Activist Becomes an Artist - Artist Talk + Q & A with Whiskey Chow


Whiskey Chow (Royal College of Art)

Linda Pittwood (CLAS, University of Nottingham)

Time: 5 February, 17:00-18:00

Venue: Trent Building LG18 Performing Arts Studio

In this artist talk, Whiskey Chow will share her experience as a queer and feminist activist and her performance art pieces to explore how art and activism interact with each other.


About the Artist:

Whiskey Chow is a London-based artist and Chinese drag king. Coming from an activist background in China, Whiskey has been engaging with political issues in her practice, Whiskey also explores female masculinity, stereotypes and cultural projections of Chinese/Asian identity, interdisciplinarily making performance, moving image and experimental sound piece.

Whiskey has been involved in feminist and LGBTQ activism in China since she was 20. She has worked closely with local queer communities in Guangzhou and contributed as actor, co-playwright and sound designer in the production of ‘For Vaginas’ Sake’ (將陰道獨白到底,the original Chinese version of The Vagina Monologues). Whiskey has also taught gender education in community theatres in south China and has participated in a number of queer cultural events, including curating China’s first LGBTQ music festival (愛人同志音樂會 Lover Comrades Concert) in Guangzhou in 2013.

Whiskey's recent performances include: Purely Beautiful New Era (featuring Haocheng Wu), Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Workshop - Receiving, Reenacting, Rescripting” (in collaboration with Erika Tan, Jess Heritage, and Michael Taiwo), Live Art Development Agency, London; Great Conversation, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala; Whiskey the Conqueror, Toynbee Studios (Artsadmin), London(2017); Long Live American, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin;Look Like Myself Enough?, Liverpool Biennial Fringe, Liverpool (2016).


Presented by the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Free public event, booking not required.


Event updates: WAGIC: Women and Gender in China (https://www.wagic.org/lgbthistorymonth)

Contact: Hongwei.bao@nottingham.ac.uk

Photo Credit: Amber Cheng

WAGIC is a dedicated space for discussing gender, sexuality and feminism(s) in China past and present

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