When an activist becomes an artist

London-based artist, feminist and LGBT activist Whiskey Chow shares her experiences and explores how art and activism interact with each other.

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 as part of LGBT History Month 2018.

This is a free public event. Booking is not required.

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