The Empire of Women, Not a Fairy Tale, English cover The Empire of Women, Not a Fairy Tale, inside pages The Empire of Women, Not a Fairy Tale, inside pages The Empire of Women, Not a Fairy Tale, Chinese cover

This short graphic novel uses dialogues and drawings to describe aspects of matriarchal culture in the lives and cultural events of the Mosuo, a minority in China. It also tells the story of the artist and her team traveling to Lugu Lake, the area where many Mosuo families live. They meet the Qiao Zi family, who want to build a new Zumu and sell their old one. Lugu Lake is located in southeastern China, an area described in Chinese historical chronicles as “the empire of women”.

This work has been shown at
Any Day Now, Lentos Kunstmusem, Linz, 2011
Any Day Now, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, 2010
Unpossessing femininity: No more bad girls?
, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien, Stiftelsen, 3,14, Bergen, 2010
Where’s the wind when it isn’t blowing? – Political graphic novels from Albrecht Dürer to Art Spiegelman, Kunstverein Hamburg, 2009
Mosuo Fireplace Goddess, Mathilde ter Heijne, Currents, Beijing, 2007