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Contemporary Art in China

From a Feminist and Queer Perspective

Welcome to a CONVERSATION between Shi Tou (China) and Elisabeth L. Engebretsen (Norway) on THURSDAY 31 October from 18.00 to 19.00 during OSLO WORLD and the exhibition Qui Vive! Part II.

Video screening prior to conversation from 17:00 – 18:00 (more info will come).

China generally experiences a setback in gender equality, and the country is ranked # 103 of 149 countries in The Global Gender Gap Report 2018. Female artists are invisible in Beijing’s art market and galleries, and it is challenging for women to establish themselves as contemporary artists. Shi Tou has against all odds succeeded in becoming a recognized artist. The questions raised in this seminar are: Does the newer generation of female and queer artists have a better starting point and other possibilities? Is it room for politically active artists in 2019, 30 years after the protests and the dream of democracy were violently stopped at Tiananmen Square in Beijing? These questions and Shi Tou’s art will form the backdrop for a conversation between Shi Tou and Elisabeth L. Engebretsen at Kunstplass.

Engebretsen is an Associate Professor at University of Stavanger (UiS) with expertise in queer, theory, gender issues and contemporary China.

Read more about Shi Tou and the exhibition trilogy here:

Kunstplass is for the second year in a row collaborating with Oslo World Music Festival. The two internationally renowned artists Shi Tou (China) and Berni Searle (South Africa) are this year’s Oslo World’s festival artists at Kunstplass. Shi Tou will also exhibits a large satirical picture ”Breathe” at Kulturhuset from Tuesday 29 October.

Oslo World 2019 – 29.10 – 03.11

Image at top: Karaoke by Shi Tou
Inspired by Yuefenpai – a kind of advertising poster or calendar from the 1920s in China. Beautiful women pictured with the goods to be advertised were popular subjects.

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