Hayward Gallery

Kiss My Genders

12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019

Kiss My Genders was a group exhibition celebrating more than 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender identity.

The exhibition received multiple five-star reviews, including one from The Guardian praising that 'it touches, in profound ways, on what it is to be human'. Dubbed an 'enthralling exhibition with a crucial sense of activism' by the Evening StandardKiss My Genders is a 'trailblazing show' (The Telegraph) of 'dazzling works' (Metro). 

Spanning the past 50 years, Kiss My Genders brought together over 100 artworks by artists from around the world who employ a wide range of approaches to articulate and engage with gender fluidity, as well as with non-binary, trans and intersex identities.

Featured artists
Ajamu, Travis Alabanza, Amrou Al-Kadhi & Holly Falconer, Lyle Ashton Harris, Sadie Benning, Nayland Blake, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Flo Brooks, Luciano Castelli, Jimmy DeSana, Jes Fan, Chitra Ganesh, Martine Gutierrez, Nicholas Hlobo, Peter Hujar, Juliana Huxtable, Joan Jett Blakk, Tarek Lakhrissi, Zoe Leonard, Ad Minoliti, Pierre Molinier, Kent Monkman, Zanele Muholi, Catherine Opie, Planningtorock, Christina Quarles, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Hunter Reynolds, Athi-Patra Ruga, Tejal Shah, Victoria Sin, Jenkin van Zyl and Del LaGrace Volcano.

Exhibition title taken from ‘Transome’ by Planningtorock, licensed courtesy of Domino Publishing Company Limited.

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An intelligent, thought-provoking and timely exhibition ★★★★★
Enthralling exhibition with a crucial sense of activism ★★★★
a gender-fluid blockbuster ★★★★★
if art can help knock bigotry down a few pegs, it’s doing something right ★★★★

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The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring original essays by Amrou Al-Kadhi, Paul Clinton, Charlie Fox, Jack Halberstam, Manuel Segade and Susan Stryker, an excerpt from Renate Lorenz’s influential Queer Art: A Freak Theory, and poetry by Travis Alabanza, Jay Bernard, Nat Raha and Tarek Lakhrissi. The catalogue also features a roundtable discussion between a number of participating artists and the exhibition’s guest curator Vincent Honoré.

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'A gender-fluid blockbuster' 
The Guardian ★★★★★ 

'Art that challenges fixed and binary identities'
The Guardian

'Kiss My Genders brings a riot of inclusivity and fluidity to the Hayward Gallery'
Culture Whisper ★★★★★ 

'If you only catch one exhibition this year, make it this one'
QX Magazine ★★★★★ 

'Enthralling exhibition with a crucial sense of activism'
 Evening Standard ★★★★

'If art can help knock bigotry down a few pegs, it’s doing something right'
Time Out ★★★★

'Art worth kissing and telling about'

'Truly ground-breaking'

'The clear message of it all? Fluid = fabulous'
Elle UK

'A landmark exhibition centred on works that disrupt the gender binary'
British Vogue

'Kiss My Genders is the powerful new exhibition taking over Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery'


'A thought-provoking and life-affirming show'

'Kiss My Genders is loud and combative and fascinating'
City AM 

'At their most inventive, these works transcend not just gender but humanity'

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