Sailor Neptune Part I
Sailor Neptune - Part I was the first in a series of exhibitions exploring relations between fantasy and gender. On view between November 2016 and January 2017, this show featured works by Isabella Ng (HK) and Christian Thompson (AU,) in which gender performativity explores subjects of sovereignty and representations of colonised bodies.
Several generations across East-Asia and beyond recall Sailor Neptune and her partner Sailor Uranus as the queer characters of the Sailor Moon manga series, often represented being intimate with each other. For many, the two may have been the first lesbian figures encountered in their childhood, both in print and on TV, making Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus archetypical lesbian figures throughout many parts of contemporary Asia. Coincidentally or not, “uranian" was a Victorian term for homosexuality (originally used for someone with "a female psyche in a male body”) and adopted by several artists and intellectuals — including Oscar Wilde — as part of their early efforts of emancipating gay identity.
The exhibition series Sailor Neptune is generously supported by the Young Collector Collective's Funding Project, Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Friends of Neptune
「美海王戰士 - 第一部曲」由惑星海王策劃，是一系列探討幻想與性別之間關係的展覽的第一擊。這次展期由2016年11月至2017年1月。參展藝術家Isabella Ng 吳國凝(香港) 和 Christian Thompson(澳洲) 的作品通過性別的表現性強調身體主權和被殖民化的身體的再現。 <美少女戰士>裡的王天遙和海王美智留關係親密，很多觀眾已認定二人為熒幕情侶。受東亞文化影響的觀眾們，從小在電視和漫畫裡認識這對密友，對他們來說，這可能是有生以來第一次接觸到同性戀這概念。因此，王天遙和海王美智留又同時成為了亞洲當代文化裡的女同性戀者典範。無獨有偶，在維多利亞時期，「天王星(Uranian)」有同性戀的含意，用作形容女性化的男人。而這詞語亦曾出現在不少早期致力解放同性戀身分的藝術家和知識分子的作品裡，包括王爾徳(Oscar Wilde)。 本展覽由 Young Collector Collective資助計劃、香港藝術發展局 及 惑星海王之友 慷慨支持。