November 25 - December 10, Everyday from 9:30 - 17:30
@ The crossroads Centre, 18 Dashiqiao Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing
Remember to download the Blippar App on your smart phone, iPad, or tablet to fully experience the 2D augmented reality feature of Priya's Mirror, a comic on display.
2017 Elimination of Violence Against Women Art Exhibition will specifically focus on comic series, comic strips, and standalone illustrations that feature strong female characters and address issues on women’s rights. Through the use of comics, we can spread awareness about gender issues among the Chinese community and expand the conversation surrounding these topics.
After the success of Wonder Women, CWFF realized the immense influence and reach that comics can have on empowering women and promoting feminism globally. However, there is also a lack of powerful female role models within comic series. On the contrary, the female characters in internationally recognized comics are often labeled as the “damsel in distress”, which reinforces a backwards ideology to large audiences. CWFF believes that it is important to highlight comic artists and their work who counter this negative stereotype in hopes of influencing the comic industry to rethink their conservative interpretation of gender roles.
Social impact in comics workshop
For the International Day to End Violence Against Women (EVAW), the China Women’s Film Festival partnered with United Nations Women has invited Ram Devineni and Migo to hold a comic book workshop in Yard 27, a creative event space in the Beijing Hutongs. Devineni and Migo will not only teach participants the basics of illustrating an eye-catching comic, but will also discuss how to incorporate relevant social issues into its storyline. Workshop participants will brainstorm social issues they feel are relevant to themselves or their community and create a one-page comic that delves into this topic. This event is free.
When: 10 - 14hr, Monday & Tuesday November 27 - 28
Where: Yard 27, 27 Neiwubu Street, Dongcheng District
Presentation and Q&A
For the International Day to End Violence Against Women (EVAW), the China Women’s Film Festival partnered with United Nations Women and the Beijing American Center have invited Ram Devineni to discuss gender-based sexual violence in his comic book Priya’s Shakti. His presentation will touch on interviews with rape survivors and the use of augmented reality to bring these stories to life. Devineni’s work has reached people from all around the world, which has provoked important discussion about violence against women, a prevalent issue that exists in all societies. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with Devineni and Chinese comic writer, Migo. Please join us for an interesting discussion at the Beijing American Center to learn more about Devineni and the social impact comic that he created. This event is free.
When: 18:30 - 20:30hr, Friday December 1
Where: Beijing American Center, 55 Anjialou Road, Chaoyang District