Metamorphosis of a Butterfly: Xiyadie’s Queer Papercutting Art, 16 Oct @4-6pm

Date and Time: Wednesday, 16 Oct, 4 – 6 pm

Location: 50 George Square, Project Room (1.06), University of Edinburgh

Celebrated as ‘China’s Tom of Finland’, Xiyadie is probably one of the best-known queer artists living in China today. His identity as a gay man from rural China and his method of using the Chinese folk art of papercutting for queer artistic expression make him a unique figure in contemporary Chinese art. This talk examines Xiyadie’s transformation of identity in life and his representation of queer experiences in papercutting art. Using a critical biographical approach, in tandem with analysis of his representative artworks, I examine the transformation of Xiyadie’s identity from a folk artist to a queer artist. In doing so, I delineate the transformation and reification of human subjectivity and creativity under transnational capitalism. Meanwhile, I also seek possible means of desubjectivation and human agency under neoliberal capitalism and consider the role of art in this picture.
Dr Hongwei Bao is Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he also co-directs the Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies (CEACS). He holds a PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia. His research primarily focuses on queer media and culture in contemporary China. He is the author of Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Tongzhi Activism in Postsocialist China (NIAS Press, 2018). He has also published articles in Cultural Studies, Culture Unbound, Global Media and China, Health, Culture and Society, Interventions, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Made in China Journal, Positions, and The JOMEC Journal.

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