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Virtue Village | Reclaiming and reimagining the idea of “queer community”

“We are tired of portrayals of our community by mainstream society that are homonormalised, overly positive or pitiful. We just have to be honest and blunt, whether the truth is poignant or not.” — Virtue…

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Loo Zihan | A meticulous investigation into history, memory and identity by re-enactment and re-creation

“In my moving image practice, I explore the politics of reconstructing a moment of personal trauma and shame. My performance work investigates the performing body and its relationship to the moving image as documentation. My…

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Ellen Pau | From Song of the Goddess (1992) to 52Hz (2022), reviewing the milestone of Hong Kong queer history

“Video records your growth and dreams. The maker/author of a movie exists as a transparent being, external to the images. However, the maker/author of a video becomes part of, or even the actual content, within…

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Shu Lea Cheang | Interrogating the distance between punishment and pleasure, surveillance and lust

‘When we start using this term “gender fluid”… in a way, I really want to have this kind of switchable gender. At the moment, a lot of people are trying to redefine: what is gender?…

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Joshua Serafin | Unpacking codes of representation and performativity from pageant competitions

“Dance, for me, has become a platform to tackle and materialize all of the ideas I’m interested in. But it’s also a two-way relationship — while dancing gives me this platform, it’s also the practice…

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Sornchai Phongsa | Revisiting the relationship between the self and family belief system

“I start to work on a theme of MON ethnic minority groups in South East Asia, focusing on Animism because this topic is related to my family belief system, It’s called Mon’s Spirits totem, which…

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Tseng Kwong Chi | A Flâneur living between the East and the West

“I am an inquisitive traveler, a witness of my time, and an ambiguous ambassador” — Tseng Kwong Chi Tseng Kwong Chi, “New York, NY (World Trade Center)”, 1979 | Image courtesy of the Artist Estate,…

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Gazi Nafis Ahmed | Camera as a “weapon of love,” breaking down hate and prejudice through sharing stories

“I explore love in my work. Love is what matters — love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share. We human beings are here for…

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Trevor Yeung | Projecting emotional and intellectual scenarios on biological substitutes

“Intimacy is important in my artworks. And not only intimacy between the audience and the artworks, but also between myself and the material. Some artists spend 15 years studying colour. I’ve spent most of my…

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Yan Xing | Shaping a richer self

‘I have very specific requirements for how to “frame” my own work. I want to control the audience’s experience. This is my public rejection of audience engagement. The viewer can only see the parts I…

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Zheng Bo | The forest as a queer assembly in a more-than-human form

“I think when I started working with plants I did use them as metaphors. But as you probably can sense, as I learned more about their life, I’m trying to move away from that, and…

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Xiyadie | Zhuangzi dreamed a butterfly, a queer artist’s confession

“At that time in the village, if you dared to come out, you would be scolded by the whole family and could not live there anymore. I would love to be with the man I…

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Arin Rungjang | Welcome to My World

“Every time Tee (a transgender woman won a transgender beauty competition) came to visit at our house, my heart would beat hard. I remember wishing to be beautiful like her. Every morning my mom would…

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Sin Wai Kin | Their explorations in non-binary gender construction by using drag and speculative fiction

“I initially didn’t think about what to convey (through cross-dressing). Just felt like it was something I had to do. I want to explore femininity in a queer way. Looking back now, I am dealing…

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Kohei Yoshiyuki | Discussing the boundaries among spectator, voyeur, and participant through social documentation

“My intention was to capture what happened in the parks, so I was not a real ‘voyeur’ like them, but I think, in a way, the act of taking photographs itself is voyeuristic somehow. So…

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Hou Chun-Ming | Unbridled but not out of control

“Handling the most important problem that you need to face and solve now is the most accurate and powerful creation. Honesty is crucial. Point to the core and don’t dodge. If you dodge, you don’t…

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Martin Wong | Realism in the hand of an urban dreamer

“Taking down to street level this time, I wanted to focus in close on some of the endless layers of conflict that has us all bound together… Always locked in, always locked out, winners and…

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Kyle Dunn | Conveying a picture of masculine softness and male sensuality by relief painting

“I think everyone, regardless of gender or appearance, should be free to be as soft or as hard as they like. I personally am a very romantic person and paint men likewise; men aren’t given…

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Su Hui-Yu | Re-narrating Taboos

“I want to create something that intersects personal memory and historical collective memory, and then use my personal language to present it. There are many movies from the old days in Taiwan that had a…

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Andrew Thomas Huang | “Kiss of the Rabbit God” — a confession and a love letter to queer Asian community

“Being asked to create a piece centered around queer Asian characters became a dauntingly personal journey for me. I grew up with a deficit of queer Asian visibility on-screen along with the frequent stigmatization and…

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Jes Fan | Installation of human organs broaden the body and gender fluidity

“I think my work is about identity, more so about the lapse between the vessel and the interior, and the mistranslation or the kind of crossing between them.”— Jes Fan Jes Fan, “Animacy Arrangement”, 2017…

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Carrie Yamaoka | A Rejuvenation of Minimalism spurred by new materials, more refined techniques, and fresh ideas

“I’m not interested in composing a picture. I leave room for the viewer to complete the picture in the end. People get caught up in the mystery of how it’s made, but that demystifies the…

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Dinh Q. Lê | Identity and sense of belongings are woven by photographs

“These early weavings were really about me trying to locate my place in America, in the West. During my lunch breaks at high school, as my English was very bad, I couldn’t communicate with the…

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Mark Bradford | Standing up and not being on the fringe by redefining “Abstraction”

“When I decided to go to art school, hell or high water I was going to be a subject. Some people, God bless them, are born with subjectivity. For some, racially, or for some genders,…

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Danh Võ | Re-interpreting freedom through disassembling and rebuilding

“I thought it would be interesting to make something that people felt so familiar with, in all the different ways that people project on the sculpture, and try to destabilise your own thinking of it.”…

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Nan Goldin | Photography as a public visual diary, an obsession with memory

“I lived with some drag queens so I photographed drag queens. I never decided that drag queens formed a subject that I had to photograph. The work was always a direct offshoot of my life.…

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Ren Hang | Wandering on the edge, lost in the world

“Nudes are there since always. We were born nude. So talking about revolution, I don’t think there’s anything to revolutionize. Unless people are born with clothes on, and I want to take their clothes off,…

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Catherine Opie | The Community of Difference

“My work is really simple; I don’t have a lot of hidden agendas. It’s about place and identity and how they inform each other, and that includes myself; but iconic images need to be simple,…

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Hsi Shih-Pin | How crazy the heart is; how free the soul is

‘People sometimes don’t react for the sake of reaction. You merely listened to your fundamental voice, and then expressed. The function of art is to inspire more people’s imaginations. The artist’s mission is to propose…

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Elmgreen & Dragset | The artist duo unveiling the power structures in a humorous way

“The little art project is like a grain of sand in an oyster, which creates a certain irritation that becomes a beautiful pearl. It’s a belief in your fellow human beings – in the audience…

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