WOMEN我們: From Her to Here

February 19 - December 18, 2021


IN-PERSON VISIT | ONLINE EXHIBITION | PROGRAMS | PRESS


Exhibition Extended Until: December 18th, 2021

Walk-in Welcomed

Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat: 10 - 4 pm


From femme sensibilities to a queer state of mind, “WOMEN我們: From Her to Here” brings together artistic works that embodies feelings and experiences rooted in the non-binary—an awareness, a liminal space, and a source of power to be and be seen.


Between and beyond this exhibition are local and universal expressions of queer and feminist liberation, cultivation, and imaginations.


Centered on Asian diasporic perspectives, the exhibition features video and film works, mixed media installation, photography, paintings and publications by artists of diverse gender & sexual identities across the Bay Area, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and more.

This is CCC’s third iteration of WOMEN我們 (a Mandarin homophone meaning both ‘women’ and ‘we’). The ongoing series is a platform to explore feminism, gender diversity, and sexual equality.

Participating Artists: Chen Han Sheng, Huang Meng Wen, Heesoo Kwon, Madeleine Lim, Nicole Pun, Queer Reads Library x Mixed Rice Zines, Tina Takemoto, Brad Walrond, Chelsea Ryoko Wong, Luka Yuanyuan Yang + Carlo Nasisse, Yao Hong

 

Programs

3/25

Chinatown Pride


THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2021 AT 6 PM PDT – 7 PM PDT


The Chinese Culture Center (CCC) and San Francisco Pride proudly present Chinatown Pride, an evening of queer art and Chinese culture that features art, drag performances, cocktail demonstrations, and more!


Chinatown Pride builds upon CCC’s exhibition, "WOMEN我們: From Her to Here," currently on view at CCC gallery in San Francisco Chinatown and online. The multimedia exhibition centers Asian diasporic perspectives, with work by artists of diverse gender and sexual identities from the Bay Area, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and elsewhere. This unique intersection of Chinatown Pride showcases and celebrates the longstanding LGBTQ+ culture of Chinatown —— with many segments led by women in honor of Women's History Month —— featuring untold stories, local businesses, and historic queer landmarks.



4/22

bóng chiếu bóng Á


April 22, 2021 | 7 AM (PDT)| Ba-Bau AIR, Hanoi

In an international exchange between San Francisco and Hanoi, Vietnam, this Screening program in Ba-Bau AIR featuring the works from “WOMEN我們: From Her to Here joined by CCC curator Hoi Leung and artst Heesoo Kwon. The program is part of Queer Month, co-organized by Ba-Bau AIR, Queer Museum (an artistic project by Nhung Dinh), Queer Forever! (Nguyen Quoc Thanh of Nha San Collective), and Cailongiday (an artistic project by THAORS)


5/12

Preserving and Uplifting Trans and Queer API Stories:

An interactive zine making workshop with APIENC’s Dragon Fruit Project

May 12, 2021, 5-6:30PM (PDT) | Online

This Zine Making Workshop lefts uplift LGBTQ API voices and creativity, using transformative tools to advocate feminist and queer experiences. No experience needed! All you’ll need is some paper, something to write with, and any other art materials you want to bring--no need for anything fancy!

Cultural strategy is essential to transgender and queer API people’s survival and liberation. Telling our own stories fights back against the invisibilization of our experiences and provides an opportunity to ground in lineage and imagine our futures. Join APIENC’s Dragon Fruit Project for an interactive zine making workshop where you’ll learn more about zine making as a transformative tool and how APIENC has used zines to preserve and uplift trans and queer API stories from our Dragon Fruit Oral History Project.




5/14

By Youth, For You x Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project



May/14-June/30, 2021 | 41ROSS Alley, San Francisco Chinatown

A Series of Queer and Transgender Asian & Pacific Islander Youth Films Curated by QWOCMAP


This film program showcases the diverse visions and voices of queer and transgender Asian and Pacific Islander youth. All of these films were created through QWOCMAP’s award-winning Filmmaker Training Program. Since QWOCMAP was founded in 2000, over 450 films have been created through our filmmaking workshops, the largest catalog of QTBIPOC films in the world.

QWOCMAP disrupts the current film landscape by developing richer, authentic, and more complex representations of our community on screen and behind the camera. We provide the equipment, the support, and the intensive, professional training that make it possible for our participants to take control of their creative vision. Our filmmaking workshops are free because film is the most expensive art form in the world. And in the fight for social justice, stories by, for, and about queer women of color, both cisgender and transgender, and nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and transgender people of color of any orientation, need to be seen, heard, and shared.


"By Youth, For You x QWOCMAP" is a programming of “WOMEN: From Her to Here,” an exhibition at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco exploring local and universal experiences of queer belonging and agency.


5/28

AAPI Heritage Month Special “WOMEN我們: From Her to Here"



FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2021 AT 12 PM PDT – 1 PM PDT


Hosted by Commonwealth Club of California and Michelle Meow, as an AAPI Heritage Month special program in partnership with the Chinese Culture Center. Michelle Meow holds a special conversation with the curator and artists of “WOMEN我們: From Her to Here,” the exhibit exploring artwork focused on the Asian diaspora. gender diversity and sexual equality. All artists are of diverse gender and sexual identities from across the Bay Area, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and more.

6/4

Coexist: Curating Queer Communities in Asia


Online丨English and Mandarin Chinese June 4, 2021, 6-7:30PM (PDT)

June 5, 2021, 9-10:30AM (GMT+8)


To celebrate Pride Month, CCC invites Taiwanese artist, Chen, Han-Sheng 陳漢聲, a founder of Coexist project to share about the recent curatorial collective ‘Coexist Exhibition’ Survival of the Exceptional (December 29, 2020–June 13, 2021) at Tainan Art Museum, Taiwan, exploring the state of gender diversity in today’s society and culture through curating over six years.


Coexist is a non-profit art project in Taiwan, focusing on gender issues that have exhibited since 2014. Chen, Han-Sheng organized the project “Coexist+Exhibition”, hoping for more different conversations through curation and art production. His curation projects “Coexist+Exhibition -Death at daybreak? was held in Free art space, and “Your Closed Eyes My Extinction” at the National Taiwan Museum of Art, digital ark, and “Coexist Exhibition—Try me” in Nanhai Gallery , “New Moon Hotel'' in venue, “On My Way Home” in YIRI Arts, in Taiwan. The Co-Exist LGBT art exhibition 2018 will be showed both Taipei, and Bangkok, as regarded as two of most gay cities in Asia.



6/18

Shanghai Queer Screening + Q&A with Filmmakers


Online丨English and Mandarin Chinese June 18, 2021, 6-7:40PM (PDT)

June 19, 2021, 9-10:40AM (GMT+8)


In celebration of Pride Month, CCC organizes a special programming of screening and sharing with Shanghai Queer documentary’s director Chen, Xiangqi 陳想起, Screenwriter Hu, Jiamin 胡嘉敏, and producer Ann, Yu 安魚, which the film documents LGBTQ communities' pursuit of equality and freedom in Shanghai, China.


Shanghai Queer is a first-of-its-kind documentary film about LGBTQ’s pursuit of equality and freedom in Shanghai, China. The documentary tells the collective memories of the development of Shanghai’s LGBTQ community over the past 15 years (2003-2018), presenting and focusing on the mission, growth and thoughts of NGOs, activists, scholars and artists in the gender equality movement under the change of urban spaces.


7/9

Queer Zine Friends Worldwide: A Sharing Circle



Online丨RSVP July 9, 2021, 6-7PM (PDT)

July 10, 2021, 9-10AM (GMT+8)


How do you curate an exhibition installation over three geographies/ two continents in a global pandemic? Rachel Lau, J. Wu, and Kaitlin Chan discuss the behind-the-scenes process and power of queer friendship that fuelled QRL's mobile library arriving in San Francisco by way of Hong Kong, Taipei, and Vancouver. The discussion will be followed by a zine sharing where participants can share about their zine projects and ideas.


This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.



 

Press

7 x 7 SF Arts Monthly Hyperallergic KQED Singtao USA World Journal Artomity HK East Bay Reporter Skylink TV Edge Media Network CNA Taiwan


 

Acknowledgement


WOMEN我們: From Her to Here is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, San Francisco Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, #StartSmall, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Community Challenge Grants, San Francisco Arts Commission, Tongson Family, California Humanities, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and Zellerbach Family Foundation. Additional support by the California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Relief, California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant, SF Arts and Artist Relief, and CCC Contemporaries.