Bio

b. 1989

Whiskey Chow is a London-based artist and Chinese drag king. Coming from an activist background in China, Whiskey’s practice engages with political issues, exploring female masculinity, stereotypes and cultural projections of Chinese/Asian identity with interdisciplinary performance, moving image and experimental sound pieces. Whiskey studied MA Contemporary Art Practice (Performance) at the Royal College of Art and graduated in 2017.

Whiskey has been involved in feminist and LGBTQ activism in China since she was 20. She has been working closely with local queer communities in Guangzhou, contributing 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). Whiskey has been active in community-theatre-based gender education in southern China. She has also led a number of queer cultural events, curating the first Chinese LGBTQ music festival (愛人同志音樂會, Lover Comrades Concert) in Guangzhou in 2013.

Whiskey's recent performances include: Whiskey the Conqueror, Tate Britain, London; Unhomeliness, Tate Modern, London (2018); Purely Beautiful New Era (ft. Haocheng Wu), Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Great Conversation, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala (2017); Long Live American, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin; Look Like Myself Enough?, Liverpool Biennial Fringe, Liverpool (2016).