Queering Now 酷兒鬧 2021: DREAMALITY
Online from Saturday 29 May to Saturday 12 June 2021
‘Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?’ Following on from CAN Festival 2021, Queering Now is an artist-led magical queer-topia of screenings, talks and new performance featuring the work of 16 queer artists from the Sino/Asian diaspora, curated by Whiskey Chow and commissioned by Chinese Arts Now.
Queering Now sees 16 outstanding artists explore their relationship with cultural heritage, identity and gender politics.
The artists are April Lin, Bangbang Rudy, Chenta Tsai, LI YILEI, Lu Yang, Mathis Zhang, Ming Wong, Scotty So, Sin Wai Kin (aka Victoria Sin), Su Hui-Yu, Whiskey Chow, Xiao Lu, Yarli Allison, Yau Ching, Yu Cheng-Ta and Zhu Dansiyu.
Available from 29 May to 12 June is an online programme of eight short films by artists April Lin, Lu Yang, Mathis Zhang, Ming Wong & Yu Cheng-Ta, Su Hui-Yu, Yarli Allison and Yau Ching. These queer and cross-generational artists from the Sino diaspora variously explore displacement, death and in-betweenness, and the artists’ different approaches to self-empowerment and belonging. The films will be introduced by Whiskey Chow and Queering Now Digital Director Anne Duffau.
On 5 June, artist Zhu Dansiyu talks to Whiskey Chow.
On 6 June Xiao Lu, China’s foremost feminist performance artist, talks to Whiskey Chow. They reflect on inter-generational performance practice and share video documentation of their past work. The talk will be translated live in Chinese and English.
From 5 to 12 June is a showcase on Queering Now’s Instagram of 2D work made specially for Queering Now by artists Bangbang Rudy @bangbangrudy and Zhu Dansiyu @zhudansiyu. They appropriate traditional Chinese aesthetics and techniques to depict queer desire through the queer gaze.
The programme concludes on 12 June with 60 minutes of new performance, hosted by Whiskey Chow, with work from five artists – Sin Wai Kin (aka Victoria Sin), LI YILEI, Chenta Tsai, Scotty So and Whiskey Chow. The performances will be followed by a talk between Chow and E-J Scott, fashion historian and curator of the Museum of Transology.
Film programme is available for rental of £5 for 72 hours. All other events are FREE with a suggested donation of £5.
More information and booking links coming soon.
Whiskey Chow says: “The featured artists share international backgrounds and diasporic experience. They let us reflect on our relationship with Chinese cultural heritage when we live in the West, when we are in-between. They confront cultural taboos, play with stereotypes and claim back the gaze. They visualise the non-binary identity by mastering their digital body, they create their own narrative and agency for placing memories, death and themselves.”
Image: In Virtual Return You (Can’t) Dehaun