Like the name Wo Man, this show appears to be of woman art, but the works are beyond expectations. Some are super-stereotyped feminist works that question stereotypes themselves. Some works made by woman artists bear no trace of the feminine. Some works which look very feminine were actually made by male artists. Above all, most artists put the gender issue aside and do what they believe – since femininity is fluid, whatever they make is feminist art. There are no radical feminists in the show. Most treat feminist theories as references to living instead of artistic intention.
The Wo Man participants mainly come from two shows—Girls Thing and Ma’am’s Box. Both curated shows aim at rethinking of women’s role in society. Most of them are emergent artists. Other participants are active artists from Hong Kong and Macau. We also have three male artists whose art is not bounded by their sex. The strong character and long history of the exhibition space ‘Old Ladies House’ are inspiring.
This exhibition is part of the Macau Fringe Festival 2001.
More materials are available to view on site at Para Site.
The Archive Project is financially supported by the Project Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.