Queering Community: Affect of Visuality in the Sinosphere

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How do Chinese queer artists respond to the hegemony of Han-centric, patriarchal, and heterosexual norms, and how do they imagine home through a queer and activist lens? This study explores the visual representation of the queer community by veteran artist/activist couple Shitou and Mingming through an analysis of the photographs and documentaries shot by the artists and their friends since the 1990s and the author’s ethnographic interactions with them since 2004. The article articulates the construction of an affective feminist vision and its transformation into a lifestyle practice with ethics of care. This article highlights three aspects of the affect of visuality: a) as an approach to autoethnographic visual work and research; b) as an illustration of a visually and epistemologically distinctive way of life for women rather than the reduction of women to political and social subjects reframed within the power structure of the nation-state; and c) as a movement toward the organic organization of daily life that enables community-making without the commercialization or monetization of resources, labor, and way of life, thereby rejecting the ideologies of an authoritarian state and the empire-driven logic of globalization in imagining and constructing a queer community.
TidskriftJournal of Chinese Cinemas
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 2024

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Kulturstudier
  • Genusstudier


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