Chaz Howkins is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist based in London. Chaz’s concept driven practice has a focus on gender identity, while also exploring on feminism and the female identity. Chaz’s recent work has critiqued the rigid segregation of gender in public spaces while questioning the difference between gender identity and gender expression as well as the difference between sex and gender. Chaz has had solo exhibitions in Loughborough, Leicester and Perth, Western Australia and has exhibited widely across the UK and Western Australia.
Murder, assault, harassment, interrogation. Spaces of anxiety. Political spaces which are meant to be private. As someone who doesn’t look like the typical expectations of masculine or feminine - I don’t linger in public bathrooms.
Don't Linger is an interactive installation which showcases the experiences of queer people navigating gendered spaces. The intention of the work is to make a non-queer audience reconsider how they interact with members of the queer community within these spaces.
By critiquing the rigidity of segregating the use of public spaces by gender, the work focuses on the difference between gender identity and gender expression as well as the difference between gender and sex.
UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019