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Artist Talk: Queer Desires and Sensitivity

Exhibition Period
Apr 07, 2022
Exhibition date and time
Thu to Thu, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Exhibition Place

The second artist talk of ‘WOMEN我們: From Her to Here’ will inivite the other three participating artists to explore the theme of “Queer Desires and Sensitivity”. Whether it is Huang Meng Wen’s cross-decades sentimental record of the Taipei “Thirteen Teddy Girls of Qiaotou”, or Chen Han Sheng’s reflection on the Yeh Yung-chih incident, or Nicole Pun’s direct representation of lesbian’s sexual desirel these three artists look straight at and guide the audience into the queer desires and sensitivity, bringing forward the real implications of being queer on feelings of belonging, personal safety, and collective freedom. The talk also invites scholar Sonia Wong and art critic Chan Sai-lok to further delve into this queer state of mind.

Feel free to explore the virtual exhibition before the talk!

This free event will take place on Zoom. Click on ‘Get Tickets‘ to register and receive the meeting link.

Introduction of the speakers:

Huang Meng Wen (b.1981, based in Taipei)

Huang Meng Wen was born in Taiwan. She graduated from Taipei University of the Arts with an MFA in Trans-disciplinary Arts. Within her academic background in sociology and film art, she combines the two as her artistic practice. She focuses on gender issues in Taiwan and Asian cultural context. Through observation of gender issues, she expands another field of vision to understand Taiwan and East Asian history and culture. Her image style combines film methods with contemporary art video, and she interweaves the narrative image aesthetics in photography and video.

Her recent projects focus on finding the history of marginal women. In the project of Once upon a time…… ‘ The woman in pants ‘ in Taiwan, through the life history of A Bao who was born in 1938 and Taiwanese newspaper archives, the figure of early queer – “The woman in pants” in Taiwan was explored. In the project Hertory and the Stigma, she revealed how sex workers in Taiwan’s state system became a part of national mobilization in Taiwan’s recent history of regime change. She practised her art project with photography, experimental film, video, installation, and essay writing.

Chen Han Sheng (b.1988, based in Taipei)

Born in 1988, Kaohsiung, and graduated from Taipei University of the Arts. Currently a Director of the TAIPEI Art Creator, and a Curator of Walking Grass Agriculture. He is an expert in experimental animation, mixed media, and kinetic installations. He also extends his own background and identity to his practice, primarily focusing on agriculture, the natural environment, and gender issues. ​

His works have won the silver medal in the Taipei Arts Award, the first prize of Next Art Tainan, and honourable mention in Art Olympia 2019 (Japan); selected for the Kaohsiung Award, Digital Art Award Taipei, Taiwan Art Exhibition, and the Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale. He has been residence in Art35 (Zhejiang), Ne’-Na Contemporary Art Space (Chiang Mai), Tentacles (Bangkok), Cattle Depot Artists Village (Hong Kong), and also The Pier-2 Art Center, Bamboo Curtain Studio, and Treasure Hill Artist Village in Taiwan. His works have been exhibited in Centre Georges Pompidou, Bangkok Art Biennale, Biennal de Ceràmica, MIMIARTEXTILE, and Lishui Photography Festival.

Nicole Pun (b.1989, based in Hong Kong)

Nicole Pun is a visual artist based in Hong Kong. She uses photography, video, performance to explore queer identity, desire and female representation. She received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She has a BSSc from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with a background in Journalism and Communication. Her work has been exhibited in Circus Gallery in Los Angeles; Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles; SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco; McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga; “In & Out” Nicole Pun Solo Exhibition at Lumenvisum in Hong Kong. Her work is in numerous private and museum collections. She is the recipient of several grants and awards, including Yale-China Arts Fellowship at Yale University, WMA Masters Special Mention Award.

Sonia Wong (born and based in Hong Kong)

Based in Hong Kong, Sonia Wong now teaches gender and culture-related subjects at the Gender Studies Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include lesbian identity, female sexuality, film, and new media. She is the founder of Reel Women Hong Kong, the first and only independent film festival in Hong Kong devoted to the promotion of female-created films and artworks, as well as gender equality and awareness, in society. In 2018, she co-founded the Women’s Festival with Chantal Wong from Eaton HK and Vera Lui from Sally Coco. Apart from being a community organiser and advocate, she is also a writer and visual artist.

CHAN Sai-lok (born and based in Hong Kong)

Artist, art critic, and writer based in Hong Kong. Chan holds a BA and MFA in Fine Art and an MA in Gender Studies, all from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has always taken text and literature as points of departure in his artistic endeavor, through which he contemplates the intimate relationship between painting and literariness. His recent solo exhibitions include Everyday Practice (Hong Kong 2019 and New York 2020), Land of Longing and Exile (2019), and Alongside Poetry in an Alley (2016-17). Chan has been a finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize, a winner of the UOB Art in Ink Award, the Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese, and Professor Mayching Kao Art History Award. His exhibition catalogues The Countenance of Text and Everyday Practice were published. Chan was one of the editors of Qiuying poetry magazine, an executive committee member of The House of Hong Kong Literature, editor of Yeung Tong Lung: Just Painting and Art in Hospital A Quarter Century. He is now a part-time lecturer in universities, co-founder of an art-critic-collective Art Appraisal Club, art director of an online art review project “Free Walk In”, and guest host of a radio art program.