Whiskey Chow at CFCCA

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor
Whiskey Chow at CFCCA, part of Manchester After Hours 2018
Great Conversation, 2017. Photo by Gustaf Broms

Whiskey Chow at CFCCA at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, 17 May 2018, free entry

As part of Manchester After Hours 2018, head to CFCCA for a one-off performance and talk by Chinese artist, activist and drag king Whiskey Chow.

Chow has been involved in feminist and LGBTQ+ activism in China since she was 20; working with local queer communities in Guangzhou, teaching gender education in community theatres in south China, and curating China’s first LGBTQ+ music festival (Lover Comrades Concert) in 2013. Much of her work explores the interaction between art and activism, and, since moving to England to study at the Royal College of Art, has crystallised around themes of female masculinity, stereotypes and the cultural projection of Chinese and Asian identity. Ultimately, Chow says, she looks forward to a day when we no longer need categories such as race and gender “to empower ourselves.”

Same-sex activity was only decriminalised (but never legalised) in China in 1997 and homosexuality declassified as a mental illness in 2001. There are still no laws protecting LGBTQ citizens from discrimination today. It’s therefore perhaps little surprise that Whiskey likes London, describing it as a place where “people are being given more space to explore their desire and identity.” Yet she also finds “those spaces can be overwhelmingly white” – something she continues to challenge and critique in her work, opening up a wider conversation around privilege within the contemporary art scene.

Chow’s context sensitive work moves fluidly between the gallery space and live art scene, embracing elements of performance, moving image and experimental sound. Her performance at CFCCA promises to be a highly memorable occasion, while her artist talk should offer some valuable new insights into her experience as a queer and feminist activist and artist. Identified among the Evening Standard’s ‘vanguard’ of Londoners changing perceptions of sexuality and gender today, this is evening not to be missed.

Performances at 6pm, 6.40pm, 7.20pm and 7.40pm. 

Whiskey Chow at CFCCA at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester

17 May 2018 5:00 pm
Free entry

Things to do right now

Powered by culturehosts
Cinema Until 8 December 2022, from £7.95

Aftersun at HOME

Elizabeth Gaskell's House garden. Photo by Chris Tucker
Literature Until 11 December 2022, from £4.50

Book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Cinderella at Hope Mill Theatre
Families Until 11 December 2022, from £27.00

Cinderella at Hope Mill Theatre

Music Until 17 December 2022, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season

Cinema Until 22 December 2022, from £20.00

Backyard Cinema

autumn season at z-arts
Families Until 30 December 2022, FREE

Autumn season at Z-arts

Families Until 30 December 2022, from £6.00

Glow at RHS Garden Bridgewater

Childrens Until 31 December 2022, FREE

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth

Activity Until 31 December 2022, from £9

Skyliner: Alternative Tours of Manchester

Craft Beer Tour Around Manchester
Activity Until 31 December 2022, from £35

Craft Beer Tour Manchester