Watermelon Sisters

  • Formed in 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Based in Taipei, Taiwan and Berlin, Germany.
  • Yu Cheng-Ta, born 1983 in Tainan, Taiwan.
  • Ming Wong, born 1971 in Singapore.

A collaboration between Taiwanese artist Yu Cheng-Ta and Berlin-based Singaporean artist Ming Wong, where they present their alter egos as the Watermelon Sisters, a pair of gender-fluid butch/femme ghetto queer sisters who want to help humankind to ʻtwerkʼ their way to sexual liberation. Inspired by Chinese Opera cinema from the 1960s as well as the films of Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-Liang, this project consists of a rap music video, a photographic series and a live performance and was commissioned to commemorate the first major survey of LGBTQ-themed art in a national museum in Asia, co-presented by Sunpride Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei in Sep. 2017. Recent exhibitions and events include Queering Now: Dreamality, Chinese Arts Now(2021; London, UK); Diagonal, Magician Space (2020; Beijing, China); Queering Umwelt, Tao Art Space (2020; Taipei, Taiwan); and Watermelon Sisters Go Camping in Paris, Centre national de la danse (2019; Paris, France).

  • Watermelon Love, 2017
  • Courtesy of the artist