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21st Century
7 3/8 in. x 50 in. (18.73 cm x 127 cm)

Shi Tou, Chinese, b. 1974

Object Type: Photography and Video
Creation Place: Asia, China
Medium and Support: C-print
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Accession Number: 2005.21
Shi Tou is a lesbian artist and activist. She was the first lesbian to come out and discuss same-sex relationships on national television in China. She organized and hosted the first Chinese Lesbian and Gay Conference and the first mainland Chinese Convention of Lesbians, both events held in Beijing in 1998, less than a year after homosexuality was legally decriminalized in China 1997. Chinese cultural elements are just as important as queer iconography in Tou’s work, where she merges these two aspects of her identity to create images that emphasize the queer community in China. Tou references and parodies the depiction of Chinese women in China, and in Together, she creates a Chinese lesbian legacy referencing typical representations of non-LGBT Chinese women in a celebratory manner.

--Dre Ortiz Galdamez

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