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John Hansard Gallery & City Eye present | videoclub (UK) and Videotage (Hong Kong): Both Sides Now 5

22 August 2019

7-8pm | Free Entry, Booking Required

John Hansard Gallery and City Eye are pleased to present 'Both Sides Now 5', an evening of film curated by videoclub (UK) and Videotage (Hong Kong).

'Both Sides Now 5' looks at the way in which artist filmmakers are exploring Queer culture, using various film and video techniques, to explore aspects of Queer life in Hong Kong, China and the UK.

British colonialism widely affected legal discrimination against LGBT people – specifically homosexual men (just as in Britain, female homosexuality was not recognised in colonies). As in many colonies, laws criminalising male homosexuality were slow to change in Hong Kong, with decriminalisation taking until 1991, as opposed to 1967 in the UK. In 2019, laws regarding equality for LGBTQ+ people are almost equal. Though reception to Queer people in the UK and Hong Kong varies widely geographically, generationally and socially. With the rise of right-wing sentiments globally, the acceptance Queer people have enjoyed feels like it is in descent.
In response to post-colonialism and the rise of right-wing opinions, we have curated this programme to show a range of artworks that explore Queer identity and culture. Filmmakers from both sides explore aspects of LGBTQI+ life – with artists from both the UK and Hong Kong making work that reflects upon Queer identity, life and creativity.

Both Sides Now is a tactical program that uses film and video to explore culture and society between different nations, the UK, China and Hong Kong, and beyond. It is a project developed in collaboration between videoclub (UK) and Videotage (Hong Kong). 

Free entry, reserve your place here

Programme of films:

Charlotte Prodger, Handclap/Punchhole (2011)
Jay Bernard, Something Said (2017)
Matt Lambert, God is Watching (2017)
Lucie Rachel, Where We Are Now (2016)

Hong Kong, Singapore and China
Anson Mak, Differences Do Matter (1998)
Teach German with Petra Von Kant, Ming Wong (2017)
Fan Po Po, The Drum Tower (2016)
Kayla Wu, Glass of Water (2019)

Total run time: 63 minutes

Lucie Rachel, Where We Are Now
Lucie Rachel, Where We Are Now, 2016. Courtesy of the artist