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DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics

Past exhibition
22 AUG – 14 OCT 2018
HENI Project Space, Hayward Gallery

DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics
Victoria Sin, Cthulhu Through the Looking Glass, 2017, film still. Courtesy: the artist

A free exhibition exploring and questioning identity, gender, class and politics

Alongside key figures such as Pierre Molinier, Robert Mapplethorpe and Cindy Sherman, the exhibition also included self-portraits by a new generation of artists who have embraced drag as an art form.

Rather than offering a linear or chronological narrative, this exhibition aimed to present a multitude of voices that explore cultural shifts of the past 50 years and touch on topics that include the 1980s AIDS crisis and post-colonial theory.

Focused on photography but spanning a variety of other media, DRAG was accompanied by a programme of tours led by drag performers.

Featured Artists

Eleanor Antin, Oreet Ashery, Renate Bertlmann, Leigh Bowery, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Luciano Castelli, Adam Christensen, Francesco Copello, Jimmy DeSana, Rose English, VALIE EXPORT, Samuel Fosso, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ann Hirsch, David Hoyle, Michel Journiac, Birgit Jürgenssen, Paul Kindersley, Suzy Lake, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ana Mendieta, Pierre Molinier, Tony Morgan, Hunter Reynolds, Cindy Sherman, Victoria Sin, Jo Spence, Sturtevant, Ulay, Martha Wilson, David Wojnarowicz & Jesse Hultberg, Ming Wong and Cerith Wyn Evans.