The Nomadic Practices of Hong Kong Women Artists: Four Case Studies since 2000


Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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Award date25 Jul 2018


This dissertation, through a feminist theories-based analysis of four subject- based cases, examines the nomadic practices of Hong Kong women artists. The first case “nomadic woman artist” discusses the art practices of Linda Chiu Han Lai. It investigates the response of Lai as a feminist to the conditions of women’s art in Hong Kong, how she takes a nomadic approach in insisting on her feminist standpoint, fighting for women’s artistic development and exploring the potential of feminist art. The second case “nomadic flâneuses” analyzes Stella Tang Ying Chi’s paintings and Annie Wan Lai-kuen’s ceramic works. The two flâneuses/artists represent their flâneurie by creating alternative representational art and spread the practices of flâneurie to allow more viewers/participants to experience urban city space. The third case “nomadic body” is a case study of Ann Hui’s film The Golden Era (2014), a biopic telling the story of a famous Chinese woman writer Xiao Hong (1911-1942). The case study examines translocal female subjectivity and creativity—a way of writing through her body—and elaborates on the alternative mode of articulation that certifies Hui’s work as feminist cinema. The fourth case “nomadic politics” expounds the socially engaged art projects organised by artists Phoebe Man Ching Ying and Jaffa Lam Laam, which were undertaken in relation to the Umbrella Movement. The artists use feminist artistic strategies, or are motivated by the issues addressed in feminist geography, to create artworks that lead audiences to reflect on current geopolitical issues in Hong Kong. These cases delineate the possibilities and potentialities of the situated spatial and geopolitical issues expressed in women’s art in Hong Kong. Being inspired by Rosi Braidotti’s theory of nomadic subjects, I argue that the feminist strategy of insisting on an embodied and sexually specific subjectivity can bring creativity to women artists’ works.

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  • women's art, Hong Kong art, nomadic subjects