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

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December 11, 2017

The ‘F-word’ – feminism, that is – can be a minefield for non-Chinese writers in conversations with Chinese women, something I discovered whilst researching a book about women artists. An interpreter assisting me at first refused to translate the term, adamant that there was no such Chinese equivalent. The term ‘gender’, albeit much debated, is widely used, but the term for ‘feminism’ – variously, ‘nüxing zhuyi’ or 'nüquan zhu...

December 4, 2017

In discussions surrounding Chinese women artists and feminism, Liao Wen’s name is an authoritative historical presence. Yet, this association is not one that she easily embraces. With an expansive career in Chinese contemporary art stretching from the 1980s to the present, the art critic and curator Liao Wen is nevertheless best known for her work in the 1990s and early 2000s, which was centered upon women artists in China and...

December 3, 2017

WAGIC’s forth blog issue, shortened to take us up to the Christmas break, asks the question: What is a ‘Chinese woman artist’?

This issue is inspired by events such as Hou Hanru’s all-woman Venice Biennale China Pavillion selection in 2007; the multi-venue UK exhibition of female Chinese artists coming up in 2018 titled, Now; the Woman Culture Museum about to re-open at Shaanxi Normal University, and scholarship such as Gendere...

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