Beyond Recognition and Queer Coding 

Curated by Whiskey Chow

As part of FESTUS 2023 (MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art) 

15 – 18 February 2023

What does “queer spirit” mean for visual artists in their practice nowadays? 



How can a new generation of queer artists create space for themselves and their community through materiality and image construction that goes beyond vanity, hypersexuality and exaggerated gender performativity? 

Living in different timelines of LGBTQ+ movements and constantly negotiating with complex power dynamics from an intersectional and cross-cultural perspective, queer artists today are seemingly inventing new art vocabulary and approaches to address their desire, and concerns. 

Fabricating and manifesting 

Problematizing and indicating 

Transgressing and redefining 

With no guaranteed destinations, 14 Artists from RCA Sculpture are going to show you something instead of telling you something. 

It’s stormy and it’s souly. 

It’s SOFT and it’s HARD. 


Annette Warner, Carlota Bulgari, Elena Hoskyns-Abrahall, Emma Sheehy, Hongmin An, Jim Rampage, Jingyue Gong, Leonie Cameron, Rose Arbuthnott, Sean Synnuck, Shuochun Xiang, Sojung Park, Yichen Li & Ling Tang, Yuqing Lin

Poster design: Yuqing Lin