Life Story, Raw Story: Visualizing Organic Living in Queer China

29 February 2024 15:15 to 17:00 Other
Mingming and Shitou

Queer artists Shitou (ethnic Miao) and Mingming (ethnic Gelao) will present photo and video stories depicting their plant-based food and farming experiments, accompanied by Southwest mountain folk songs from China.

The artist couple’s audio-video experiment intricately weaves together their queer visions of organic organizing everyday life in an organic mannershowcasing their multifaceted, creative, and de-commercialized engagements with life and art.

About the artists

Shitou (born 1969) is a Chinese activist, performer, filmmaker, multimedia artist, and queer icon. She has been active in the Chinese LGBTQ+ scene since the 1990s and was the first lesbian to come out on Chinese television. After starring in the lesbian-themed film Fish and Elephant, Shitou directed several films, many in collaboration with her life partner, Mingming: such as Dyke March (2002), Women Fifty Minutes (2006) and We Are Here (2015). Shitou and Mingming are co-initiators of the China Queer Independent Film group (CQIF, 2008). They are currently Artist-in-Residency at Malmö Konsthall (Jan-Mar 2024) after three months residency at Konstepidemin Götebory (Oct-Dec 2023).


Jinyan Zeng is a documentary filmmaker and a Replacement Lecturer (formerly Postdoctoral Fellow) at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality, culture and politics, intellectual identity and social activism, and ethnicity, with particular emphasis on China.


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Zeng, Jinyan. 2024. ‘Queering Community: Affect of Visuality in the Sinosphere’. Journal of Chinese Cinemas

This event is co-organized with Malmö konsthall.

About the event:

29 February 2024 15:15 to 17:00

Asia Library, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Sölvegatan 18 B, Lund


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