From femme sensibilities to a queer state of mind, “WOMEN我們: From Her to Here” brings together artistic works that embody 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’), an ongoing series which explore feminism, gender diversity, and sexual equality. For this iteration, “We” represents agency and belonging, affirming our need to sustain safe physical and psychological spaces in as a way to nourish queer and feminist creativity and cultural growth.
從女性情感到酷兒精神, 《WOMEN我們: From Her to Here》集結展示的藝術創作根植於非二元性別對立的經驗之中: 一種意識、一個閾限空間和一股形成或被見證的力量之源。
這是中華文化中心《WOMEN我們》 (中文同音字包含兩重含義:“女性”或“我們”)的第三屆系列群展，這一持續的系列旨在探討女性主義、性別多樣化和性別平等。此次系列群展中，“我們”代表主體性與歸屬感, 公開肯定我們對持久安全的實體與心理空間的迫切需求, 以此滋養酷兒與女性主義創造力和文化的成長。
WOMEN我們: From Her to Here is on view February 19 – August 28, 2021. It can be viewed online at www.cccsf.us/women-from-her-to-here
In person visits to the gallery will begin in spring 2021 when permitted under current City and State stay-at-home orders. Visits will be by appointment to ensure the public’s safety. Guests can make a free appointment through the website at www.cccsf.us when the gallery reopens. City and State guidelines will be observed. Visitors will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor. Admission to the gallery is free. For more information and updates on reopening, the public should visit www.cccsf.us or call 415-986-1822.
Chinese Culture Center (CCC), under the aegis of the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco, is a non-profit organization established in 1965. CCC elevates underserved communities and gives voice to equality through education and contemporary art. Rooted in San Francisco’s Chinatown, CCC is a loud and creative voice to uplift social and economical transformation. We provide a safe environment for artists who champion activism, resiliency, and healthy communities. In doing so, we shift dominant narratives, empower change, and reimagine our futures.
《WOMEN我們: From Her to Here》展期自2021年2月19日至8月28日。請訪問www.cccsf.us, 查詢展覽信息。
實體畫廊空間參觀將根據舊金山市許可及加州居家令規定於2021年春季開放。展覽實行預約參觀以確保公眾安全。觀眾可在畫廊重新開放後, 通過網站 www.cccsf.us, 進行免費預約。具體安排將遵循舊金山市及加州政府部門的防疫指導。訪客將被要求佩戴口罩及保持安全社交距離。
畫廊開放時間: 週二 – 週六 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. , 中華文化中心, 750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor。免費開放。更多資訊及開放更新訊息, 請訪問網站www.cccsf.us 或致電 415-986-1822。
中華文化中心 (CCC) 隸屬舊金山中華文化基金會 (Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco), 是於1965年成立的非營利性機構。中華文化中心致力於提升未得到充分支持的社區地位，並通過教育與當代藝術為平等發聲。 根植於舊金山華埠，中華文化中心以響亮且具有創造力的發聲鼓舞社會性和經濟層面的變革。我們為倡導積極性，韌性和健康社區的藝術家提供安全的環境。在此過程中，我們轉變主流敘事，賦予變革以權力，並重新構想我們共同的未來。
Erotic Wallpaper (2019-2020)
Yao Hong 姚紅
Mixed-media installation with wallpaper, tiles
I created Erotic Wallpaper in 2019. In the current era of exploding speed and information flow, this work challenges the medium of and the viewing of drawing. The piece uses contrasting and oppositional patterns to create unique visual effects and patterns responding to the speed of contemporary information age and its underlying desires. The materials used in the installation, printed wallpaper from drawing and commonplace white tiles, reveals the hidden anxiety and pain of Taiwan’s citizens. The chaotic and conflicting patterns not only responds the Taiwan’s collective anxiety, but also my gender anxieties.
In my creative process, I carry almost no emotion when I draw by hand. I try to resolve a great, aching anxiety in my life through an impersonal approach. By standing clear of myself, I hope to see myself more clearly. The resulting work becomes a neurotic visual texture that defies common sense. I believe this drawing texture adds new sense and sensibility to the aesthetic reservoir of the history of art.
Sambal Belacan in San Francisco (1997)
16mm film, 24:56
1998年，該電影因其對國家、種族和性的坦率刻畫而在新加坡被禁播。 2020年10月，新加坡政府發布了一項臨時豁免禁令，並允許新加坡國際電影節在節前單元“新浪潮”中放映《三番參巴醬》。電影被使用R21進行分級。根據政府規定，該電影只對包括Madeleine Lim母親在內的33人進行放映。
Three first-generation immigrant Asian lesbians from Singapore grapple to create home and belonging. This award-winning documentary explores how cultural identity, lesbian sexuality, and immigration status raise powerful questions about belonging. Combining scripted scenes, cinema verité, poetry, interviews, and newsreel footage, this mixed-genre film visually conveys the multi-layered experiences of immigrant Asian lesbians living in the U.S.
"Sambal Belacan in San Francisco" won the 1997 Award of Excellence from the San Jose Film & Video Commission's Joey Awards and the 1998 National Educational Media Network's Bronze Apple Award. It was featured at sold-out theaters on the international film festival circuit around the world for over two years and was broadcast on PBS to millions of viewers.
In 1998, the film was banned in Singapore due to its frank portrayal of nationality, race, and sexuality. In October 2020, the Singaporean government issued a one-time exception to their ban and allowed the Singapore International Film Festival to screen "Sambal Belacan" in San Francisco at their pre-festival program New Waves. The film was slapped with an R21 classification rating. Due to government regulations, it screened to an audience of just 33 people, including Madeleine Lim's mother.
Bathing on Valencia Street (2021) | Protecting Ricksha, 37 Ross Alley (2021)
The Forbidden City (2021) | A Secret Place, LiPo Lounge (2020)
Chelsea Ryoko Wong
Gouache and watercolor on paper, size varied
Chelsea Ryoko Wong的一系列繪畫作品的靈感來自舊金山女權主義和酷兒文化。場景受到Osento澡堂（1980-2008年在瓦倫西亞街上經營的女同性戀澡堂）的啟發到至今仍在唐人街經營的Li Po Lounge，曾經是1940年代警察與民眾突襲期間，男同性戀者的避風港。
My project is a series of paintings inspired by and celebrating feminist and queer culture in San Francisco. The scenes range from a bath house inspired by Osento, a lesbian bathhouse operating on Valencia street from 1980-2008, to the Li Po Lounge, which is still operating in Chinatown to this day and was once a safe haven for gay men during police raids of the 1940s.
I have been researching the history of Asian queer culture in San Francisco via literature, internet archives and film, looking for places, events or ideas that inspire new works. Drawing inspiration from these historical moments, I am then creating paintings responding to the event. It’s important for me for these scenes to feel energetic and intuitive, and not come off as an illustration. I want the images I create to feel lively and curious, inviting the viewer to dig deeper into the meaning.
Available on view online from 2/19 to 2/23
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Coby and Stephen Are in Love (2019)
Directed by Luka Yuanyuan Yang and Carlo Nasisse
30min41sec, short film
2018年4月，我受到美國亞洲文化協會的邀請，來到美國進行半年的駐地文化交流。在此過程中，我對生於舊金山的先鋒女導演伍錦霞產生興趣，從而圍繞20世紀演藝圈展開研究，試圖尋找曾活躍在粵劇、電影以及夜總會行業的華裔女性。在遇到主角Coby Yee與都板街舞團（Grant Avenue Follies）的一群女性舞者之後，我逐漸展開一部記錄長片電影的拍攝（該電影《女人世界》目前正在後期製作中，預計2021年底前完成）。 2018年9月，我們為拍攝長片來到哈瓦那，在每天的拍攝結束後，我和我合作的攝像Carlo Nasisse都會和柯比與史蒂芬脫離小組，去尋找能跳舞的地方。我們四人之間產生了一種奇妙的友誼與化學反應。我們決定合導一部關於Coby和Stephen愛情故事的短片。在返回紐約不久後，我們就購買了去加州找柯比與史蒂芬的機票，然後就這樣開始了短片的拍攝。
In April 2018, I was invited by the Asian Cultural Council to do a six-month residency in the United States. During my residency, I became interested in the work of pioneering film director Esther Eng. I started researching the 20th century entertainment industry, trying to find Chinese American women who had been active in Cantonese opera, films, and nightclubs. After I met the main protagonist, Coby Yee, along with a group of woman dancers from the Grant Avenue Follies, I set about filming a feature-length documentary titled Women’s World, which is now in post-production and expected to be completed by the end of 2021. We traveled to Havana in September 2018 to shoot the film. Every day, after we’d finished filming, my cameraman Carlo Nasisse and I would invite Coby and Stephen out to dance. The four of us developed a wonderful friendship filled with a thrilling chemistry. We decided to co-direct a short film to tell the love story between Coby and Stephen. Soon after returning to New York, we flew to California to visit Coby and Stephen. Thus we started shooting our short film.
Coby, 92, is a retired dancer and star of San Francisco’s Chinatown nightclubs. Stephen, 74, is a retired experimental film director who went through the American anti-war movement in the 1960s. These two totally different individuals fell in love on the dance floor during their later years. Coby was Stephen’s stylist: she upgraded his wardrobe. Whenever they went out together, they wore head-to-toe matching outfits made by Coby. Stephen was Coby’s archivist. The photographs of her as a professional dancer throughout her career not only fascinated him, but rekindled his creativity. Before their farewell dance in Las Vegas, Coby and Stephen prepared for their last curtain call.
流動閱酷 Queer Reads Library: A Selection
Curated by Mixed Rice Zines / J Wu
+ Queer Reads Lexicon
How do we find each other as queer people? Through our words? Our spaces?
Featuring a selection of 20 titles from Queer Reads Library, curated by Bay Area-based artist J Wu / Mixed Rice Zines, and a glimpse into the ongoing Queer Reads Lexicon project, this exhibition explores queerness through the lens of language and locality.
The Queer Reads Lexicon project includes a digital platform and a free zine, created especially for this exhibit, featuring terms from the lexicon. J Wu’s curated selection is accompanied by personal reflections in English and Chinese about each title. Visit lexicon.qrlib.net and qrlib.net/wo-men to learn more.
「我們」身爲酷兒，如何找到彼此？ 通過我們的話語？ 我們的空間？
是次展覽精選了20本由灣區藝術家J Wu / Mixed Rice Zines策劃的「流動圖書館」，以及一個首次發佈並計畫持續進行，以字詞和地方視角探討酷兒身份的［閱酷字典］項目，當中包括一個網上平台，以及特別爲是次展覽而編制的小誌，公眾可免費取閱。J Wu也準備了中英文感言關於他選擇的書。請去lexicon.qrlib.net和qrlib.net/wo-men查詢。
Blood Brothers: Yuan Chu Min (2020)
Poetics and film installation, 25:16 min
該項目的第一個系列展覽被委任為劉凱龍策劃的2019年MOCA台北瘟疫展覽的現場表演裝置。該展覽是台灣首個以艾滋病毒/艾滋病為主題的展覽，現場表演拉開了世界艾滋病日活動中的高潮篇章。 《 Blood Brothers》是詩意的視覺藝術、研究項目和表演裝置，與5名匿名的HIV陽性台灣男子和視覺藝術家Steven A. Williams合作。目的是創作一部詩歌作品，記載台灣艾滋病毒/艾滋病大流行的歷史，同時密切關注這些艾滋病毒/艾滋病患者的生活經驗和故事，以及他們的診斷如何識別身份形成，性別，性慾的觀念，酷兒性，疾病和污名化。該作品挖掘了台灣的殖民歷史，以及它們如何映射到當代、地方性的和全球性的身份。
為了完成這項工作，我製作了一份調查表，並呼籲台灣的艾滋病活動家招募願意參加的台灣艾滋病患者。這些人被要求填寫一份圍繞工作關鍵主題的調查表。每個參與者被要求提供自己的照片。藝術家史蒂文·威廉姆斯（Steven A. Williams）使用他們的圖像創建了數字拼貼畫。在最終圖像上給參與者最後簽名，以保持他們對血清狀況，可見性，公開性和匿名性的意願。這首詩是在2019年12月1日在台北現代藝術館表演的，其中包括一張幻燈片放映，其中包括史蒂文·威廉姆斯（Steven A. Williams）的原創拼貼圖像，這些圖像援引了該詩的許多主題，並且在圖像的兩邊投射了這首詩的普通話版本。
Blood Brothers a poetic, visual arts, research project and performance installation in collaboration with 5 anonymous HIV positive Taiwanese men and visual artist Steven A. Williams. The goal was to create a poetic work that chronicles the history of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Taiwan while paying keen attention to lived experience and stories of these men living with HIV/AIDS and how their diagnosis informs notions of identity formation, sex, desire, queerness, illness, and stigma. The work excavates the colonial histories of Taiwan and how these map onto contemporary, parochial, and global identities. The first iteration of this project was commissioned for a Live Performance Installation for MOCA Taipei’s 2019 Interminable Prescriptions for the Plague Exhibition curated by Kairon Liu. This exhibition was the first HIV/AIDS focused exhibition in Taiwan and the live performance opened their culminating World AIDS Day event.
To accomplish this work I created a questionnaire and called upon HIV/AIDS activists in Taiwan to recruit HIV+ Taiwanese men willing to participate. These men were asked to fill out a questionnaire constructed around the work’s key themes. Each participant was asked to contribute photographs of themselves. Artist Steven A. Williams used their images to create digital collages. Participants were given final sign off on the final images to maintain their wishes concerning serostatus, visibility, disclosure, and anonymity. The poem was performed at MOCA-Taipei on December 1, 2019 and included a slide show including Steven A. Williams original collages images that invoke many of the poem’s themes, and a running mandarin translation of the poem projected on either side of the images.
Installation view with Leymusoom Bridge (2021) and Miyoung Leymusoom Kim (2021)
Leymusoom Bridge (2021)
Since 2017, I initiated the autobiographical feminist religion 'Leymusoom,” which uses the digital space as a feminist utopian realm to reframes personal history and trauma. By rendering my matrilineal ancestors into this digital utopia, I give them second lives and allow my female ancestors to reclaim a timeless 3D reality outside of the repetitions and routines of their former domestic lives. Through Leymusoom, I am able to abstract conceptions of time, boundaries of love, sacrifice, trauma, violence, and familial relations by 3D scanning/modeling my family history, daily rituals, and the physical spaces around me.
For this work, I transformed the CCC gallery building and its neighborhood, Chinatown, to take place within the Leymusoom world. "Leymusoom Bridge" becomes a new portal for hyperspace travel to meet my family and realize the utopian world that I am envisioning. To prepare the show, I tried to understand and imagine the relationship between the physical site and Leymusoom herself, recalling a special feeling about Chinatown in SF. In 2019, I spent a lot of time around the neighborhood to prepare my solo exhibition at Et Al gallery. Sometimes working on Leymusoom project about myself and my female ancestors in a foreign land feels like very lonely, but while I examined the neighborhood, Chinatown reminded me of my family and hometown. It was not the same with my hometown in Seoul but I felt more comfortable and welcomed there than any other places in the bay area.
Suits and Corsages (2015 - Ongoing)
Huang Meng Wen 黃孟雯
「西裝與香花」藝術計畫勾勒的是台灣 1950 年代的「橋頭十三太妹」,西裝是這群「穿褲仔」面對世界的氣質扮裝展現,「香花」則潛藏著她們獲取經濟資本的才能。而我,又是怎麼與她們相遇。這個計劃隨著阿寶的生命史展開。阿寶,出生於1938年,生於日治時代,經歷戰後國民政府來台、戒嚴直到現在。那是一個她們還未定義自己的年代,也許連同性戀這個名詞都還不為人所知。
"Suits and Corsages" depicts the "Thirteen Teddy Girls of Qiaotou" in Taiwan in the 1950s. The teddy girls used suits as their expression of sexual orientation, and the corsages can be referred to as their ability to gain their economic capital. The project began with the life history of A-Bao. A-Bao was born in 1938. In the 60s, she and her lesbian friends broke free from the conservative limitations with their own strength. Such female life experiences had never existed in our memories about the women of the 1960s.
As a female and a lesbian, I often felt that my existence and situation under this sociocultural context were a bit confusing and awkward. Throughout my education, I have learned to self-orient as a queer, and utilized the feminism discourses as my self explanation. I couldn't help but wonder whether there was any historical trace of queers on this island that I live on. I believe there must already have been queers on this island even before western knowledge was introduced to Taiwan in the 1980s. So, I started to investigate the history of queers in Taiwan. As it turned out, the history was also full of twists and turns. I would like to know how she and they, as a female and queer like me, lived on this island in the past.
I officially started my "Suits and Corsages" project in 2015. I conducted field research on the "Thirteen Teddy Girls of Qiaotou" who made their glamorous debut in Dadaocheng in the 1950s and the 1960s. They were females, teddy girls, and "women in pants", as they called themselves. "Women in pants" were not just a local term for them to identify their gender identity. Their exquisite tailor-made suits and the unique corsage business also showed their agency to self-manage their economic capital. Their actions and behaviors were closely connected to the social shifts and the dynamics of traditional gender culture. From their story, I could not only see the unique performance of local queers but also a part of a minor history of the island.
While they made their stunning debut with their suits and the corsage lining, at the same time, they had to abide by certain social order despite their business and relationships outside the family. With the chic look and suppressed ego of theirs, their story also ended up brilliant yet regretful.
"Suits and Corsages" is still an ongoing project. I attempted to design an experiment of cultural memories about lesbians and queers of the island using different creative forms and concepts.