Transformation is the dominant theme and would be a fitting title for Women, a thought-provoking, eye-opening new show at the Chinese Cultural Center that discusses feminism, gender and expressions – and repression – of diverse sexual identity in modern China.– The Bay Area Reporter. 9/20/12.
The Chinese Culture Center is proud to present WOMEN我們, on view on September 15, 2012- December 15, 2012. WOMEN我們 is curated by CCC Curator and Deputy Director Abby Chen.
WOMEN 我們features video works, installation art, drawings, and paintings by a diverse array of female, male, and LGBTQ artists. Titled with the Mandarin-English homophone, WOMEN我們, meaning both ‘women’ and ‘we,’ the show evolved from a purely feminist exploration and expression of feminism in Chinese visual culture to go on to examine gay and transgender visibility, and sexual identity in China. The theme of the exhibition focuses on visibility, authority, and possibility for the movement with the goal of introducing a visual experience on the forefront of culture. These works strive to influence and push the value proposition and discourse on these issues, which are often lacked, estranged, or even feared by the mainstream society.
Originally opened in Shanghai in 2011, the exhibition focused on works by feminist, gender, and queer artists and was held as the official exhibition for the conference “International Chinese Women and Visual Representation,” organized by Fudan University and University of Michigan. In its debut at EMG Gallery, WOMEN我們 was one of the first exhibitions of its kind. Traveling to San Francisco, the show will feature local artists and new performance pieces brought on by the controversy from the previous show.
WOMEN 我們is an insightful exploration and on-the-ground examination into the currents of feminism, LGBTQ, and sexual identity in contemporary China.The group show showcases 13 artists, including seven artists from China, two artist collectives, three NGOs in a social project, and five local artists. Many of the young Chinese artists were born post-1980s generation and signal a break in the artistic creation from previous generations.
Saturday, October 20, 11 AM + 1:30 PM: WOMEN我們 + My Little One, CCC Auditorium
Saturday, November 17, 11 AM + 1:30 PM: Autumn Gem Documentary,
Saturday, December 8, 12-4PM: WOMEN我們 Closing Reception FREE + 1:30 PM Annual Winter Fair featuring Sherlyn Chan’s Starr Valley Children’s Choir
For more information on WOMEN我們 Film screenings, go to WOMEN我們 FILM SCREENINGS.
To see more images and videos from the artists, go to CCF Artist Network at cccgallery.org.
UPDATE: Yishu recently published an article about our WOMEN我們 exhibition, click here for a link to the article. Also available at the CCCArts Gallery Shop for viewing. Visit us during our gallery hours!