Whiskey Chow is a London-based artist and Chinese drag king. Her artistic practice explores themes of female and queer masculinity as well as stereotypes and cultural projections of Chinese/Asian identity and problematises the nation-state across geographic boundaries through interdisciplinary performance, moving image and experimental sound pieces. Chow has been involved in feminist and LGBTQ activism in China since she was 20. She has worked closely with local queer communities in Guangzhou and contributed as actor, co-playwright and sound designer in the production of For Vaginas’ Sake (將陰道獨白到底, the original Chinese version of The Vagina Monologues).
Chow has also taught gender education in community theatres in south China and has participated in a number of queer cultural events, including curating China’s first LGBTQ music festival (愛人同志音樂會, Lover Comrades Concert) in Guangzhou in 2013. Chow’s recent performances include: Whiskey the Conqueror, Tate Britain (2018); Unhomeliness, Tate Modern (2018); Purely Beautiful New Era (featuring Haocheng Wu), Victoria and Albert Museum; Great Conversation, Uppsala Konstmuseum; Long Live American, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin; Look Like Myself Enough?, Liverpool Biennial Fringe (2016).
Chow will bring to UNCENSORED her new performance Uncensored Censored, a work that has been censored previously in the UK for being ‘not family friendly enough and a bad influence to kids’. Uncensored Censored rejects the binaries, queers the masculinity, reconstructs the imagination of power and vulnerability by extracting softness out of stiffness.