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Chaney Manshu Diao (b.1996, China) is an artist and poet whose research-based practice explores the conception of identity from the lens of trans* (-gender, -human, -bodies...) studies through dress and appearance, body, linguistics, and geography. Chaney's practice emphasis the awareness of feminism and culture diaspora. By considering body as a mobilised site entering in-and-out of the geographical boundaries, Chaney explores the meaning of being inter/national, multi/cultural; community and otherness; as well as the construction of asianness. Following her BA and MA in fashion in central saint martins, Chaney is now on her second postgraduate specialised in Fine Art Media in Slade. Chaney had her solo show Pleasure 41 at 5th Base Gallery, London, as part of the annual east end Nocturnal Creature art festival in 2019. Recent artist workshop, publishing and group exhibitions include: Power to change Programme at TATE, London (2021); The Paper, by good press, Glasgow (2021); Stand Up! at Artcore Gallery, Derby (2020). Chaney's conceptual approach to fashion, clothes and identity has been featured by magazines including i-D, Numero, Vogue, BoF, WWD, French Fries Magazine, Schon Magazine.

Artist CV

Selected exhibitions and events


30 Mar 2023, London, UK.

'subverting institution remix' at AMP Gallery. 

23-26 Mar 2023, London, UK.

'pleasure 41' and '(feat. energy flash)' at Straffordshirest Gallery. A four day event funded by National Lottery and Arts Council England. 

10-11 March 2023, London, UK. 

'untitled 1,2,3' at Barbican Arts Group Trust. 

2-4 Mar 2023, London, UK.

'beyond capacity, photography' at old bromptong gallery.

19th - 30th Jan 2023, London, UK. 

' in memory of the broken wine glass' and live performance '(feat. Energy Flash) at Set Kensington.


11th - 17th Nov 2022, Hampton Wick, UK and Online.

hybrid group show curated by Fresh Salad Art at RuptureXIBT (physical) and Kunstamatrix (Virtual).

6th-11th Oct 2022, London, UK

'who are they now?', Slade School of Art Interim Show. 

16th Sept 2022, London, UK

'am, is, are',  group show Prelude to Space at Stokey Popup. 

10th Aug 2022, London, UK

'The thread of words,                                     in thinking about Christina Sharpe' Live poetry performance at Avalon Cafe, as part of ACIERAGE zine launch.

8th - 18th Jun 2022, London, UK

'bordering Tartan' the dress print, Group Show Significant Other at The Art Bypass Gallery, curated by Sweet 'Art.

May-June 2022, London, UK

'Performing Dictionary 2, the script', an exhibition of bookwork SPIIIIINELESS at UCL Art Museum.

May 2022, London, UK

'bordering Tartan' the hanging piece, Group Show at Worlding Project.

May 2022, London, UK

“inhale, at the gateway. Air enters, your lung, oxygen enters, your blood, your head overloaded” , Safe House group show at the edge of the safe house.

April 2022, London, UK

'Performing Dictionary 2' and 'In Memory of the Broken Wine Glass', the Tub Gallery, London. 


Oct, London, UK
Interactive workshop on dismantling identity codes, as part of the Power to Change programme at TATE, supported by UNIQLO TATE Play and The Great Imagining.


Sept, London, UK
Group exhibition My House is anIsland with Arthousehaus.

March, Derby, UK
Group exhibition Stand Up Exhibition at Artcore Gallery , supported by ART COUNCIL ENGLAND and designcore.

March, London
Group exhibition DECRIMINALISE SEX WORK at central saint martins exhibition space, supported by student Initiative Fund and Arts Students’ Union for Beyond Street charity.


JULY, London
Solo Exhibition hosted by 5th Base Gallery as part of the annual east end Nocturnal Creature art festival, presented by White Chapel Gallery

JUN, London
Group Exhibition SHOW TWO exhibition presented and hosted by Central Saint Martins

Published Writing 

BLANK_03 'identity'. (2022)

The Paper, by Good Press. (Dec, 2021)

the Cheese grater zine. (Dec, 2021)


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