Showcase of five Chinese female artists in exhibition of girl power
The French like to say, she who comes late is more desirable. Perhaps Nicole Schoeni concurs. The gallery owner celebrated International Women's Day three days late. Instead of last Monday, her exhibit WO.MEN: We Are Our Own Women - showcasing five Chinese female contemporary artists - opened on Thursday at her Old Bailey Road main gallery.
'I wouldn't call myself a feminist, but I'm all for girl power,' Schoeni (pictured) said. 'The reality is that the art market, not just in China but internationally, is dominated by males. I always look for women artists when travelling.'
Sadly, none were in attendance but the works spoke for themselves. They ranged from provocative to populist, including a very tongue-in-cheek piece called About Greatness by Qing Qing. Her light-box photo composite features 85 golden phalluses standing to attention in front of Tiananmen. 'I remember the first time I saw the original installation in Qing Qing's studio,' Schoeni recalled. 'She waved me over to this giant Chinese coffin. There was a little door at one end with a stool in front of it. I sat down and opened the door into the coffin, and there it was - a red sea of penises.'
The mostly male turnout even managed to keep their testosterone bias in check. As one guest said: 'Don't get me started on why I loathe feminism. But good art is good art and this is a good show.' It continues until April 17.