Hayward Gallery
exhibition

Kiss My Genders

12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019

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

The exhibition has received multiple five-star reviews, including one from The Guardian calling it 'a gender-fluid blockbuster'. Dubbed an 'enthralling exhibition with a crucial sense of activism' by the Evening Standard, Kiss My Genders is a 'trailblazing show' (The Telegraph) of 'dazzling works' (Metro). 

Spanning the past 50 years, Kiss My Genders brings 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.

Working across photography, painting, sculpture, installation and video, many of the artists in Kiss My Genders move beyond a conventional understanding of the body, and in doing so open up new possibilities for gender, beauty and representations of the human form.

The exhibition includes new and site-specific works by Chitra Ganesh, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings and Jenkin van Zyl. Occupying the entire Hayward Gallery, Kiss My Genders also extends beyond the gallery walls, with artworks by Ad Minoliti and Athi-Patra Ruga and a poem by Tarek Lakhrissi that transform elements of Southbank Centre’s wider site.

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

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.
 
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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It touches, in profound ways, on what it is to be human ★★★★★
THE GUARDIAN
If art can help knock bigotry down a few pegs, it’s doing something right ★★★★
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Hayward Gallery opening times

11am – 7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed. Late night opening on Thursdays until 9pm.

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This exhibition includes nudity and some sexual content as well as strobe lighting effects. One room contains latex.

Age guidance:  Children below the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult as some parts of the exhibition contain images of an explicit nature. Information is provided within the exhibition where the images may be unsuitable for visitors under 13.

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all events

7:00 pm
Fri 12 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 12 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
An evening of performance, poetry, screenings and discussion exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
An evening of performance, poetry, screenings and discussion exploring gender identity and gender...
Dean Atta, poet
1:00 pm
Sat 13 Jul 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 13 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
Develop your ekphrasis skills in a poetry workshop in response to Kiss My Genders with poet Dean Atta
Develop your ekphrasis skills in a poetry workshop in response to Kiss My Genders with poet Dean...
Planningtorock, musician
8:00 pm
Wed 17 Jul 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 17 Jul 2019
gigs
pop
Love, queerness, gender identities and survival – it’s Planningtorock’s empowering musical show
Love, queerness, gender identities and survival – it’s Planningtorock’s empowering musical...
Sisters Uncut set off rainbow-coloured smoke in solidarity with LGBTQ+ migrants during a demonstration in support of detainees at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre
7:00 pm
Thu 18 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 18 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Artists Ajamu, Holly Falconer, Amrou Al-Kadhi and Del LaGrace Volcano in a talk chaired by Paul Clinton
Artists Ajamu, Holly Falconer, Amrou Al-Kadhi and Del LaGrace Volcano in a talk chaired by Paul...
 Crowd at late-night music event
10:30 pm
25 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
10:30 pm | 25 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
gigs
electronic
Stay up late with a DJ chosen to celebrate Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition, Kiss My Genders
Stay up late with a DJ chosen to celebrate Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition, Kiss My Genders
Peaches, musician
8:00 pm
Wed 28 Aug 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 28 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Feminist pop icon Peaches blows us away with a variety-style futuristic stage happening
Feminist pop icon Peaches blows us away with a variety-style futuristic stage happening

Tours
 
Visit the exhibition in the company of special guests, the exhibition’s curatorial team and our Hayward Gallery tour guides. Tours take place weekly, on Thursdays at 6.30pm and Saturdays at 2pm, and take approximately 45 minutes.
 
Free with same-day exhibition ticket.
 
Thursday 20 June
Lucy Biddle, Exhibitions Interpretation Manager, Hayward Gallery
 
Thursday 27 June
Tarini Malik, Assistant Curator, Hayward Gallery

Thursday 4 July
Paul Clinton, writer and lecturer in curating at Goldsmiths, University of London

Saturday 6 July
Vincent Honoré, curator of Kiss My Genders
 
Saturday 17 August 
British Sign Language tour delivered by Martin Glover. Please note that this tour takes place at 4pm in addition to the usual 2pm tour.
  
Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 2pm you can catch one of our Spotlight Talks, a free, 10-minute talk by one of our Hayward Gallery hosts, focusing on a single artwork.

School Groups
 
Teachers can book discounted tickets (call our group ticket line for prices) for a group of up to 30 pupils to visit Hayward Gallery and experience the exhibition on weekdays during exhibition hours (closed Tuesdays).

Due to the age recommendation of 13+ for the Kiss My Genders exhibition, school group tickets are only available to those that meet or exceed this age recommendation: year 9 and up. We encourage teachers to visit the exhibition in advance to check its suitability for their students.
 
Private Guided Tours
 
Looking for a VIP exhibition experience for your group? Private guided tours are available with our experienced Hayward Gallery tour guides. These one-hour tours are available for groups of up to 20 people anytime the gallery is open to the public, and are £100 per group in addition to group exhibition entry.
 
Group Bookings

Groups of ten people or more can get discounted entry prices for weekday visits when tickets are booked and paid for in advance.
 
Group Ticket Prices:

Due to the age recommendation of 13+ for the Kiss My Genders exhibition, school group tickets are only available to those that meet or exceed this age recommendation: year 9 and up. We encourage teachers to visit the exhibition in advance to check its suitability for their students.

Adult groups: £12 per person.
Secondary school, college and university groups: £5 per student (free tutor tickets when bringing a group of 10+ students).


To book a private tour or to make a group booking, call our group ticket line on 020 3879 9555 (Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sundays 12 noon – 6pm) or email groups@southbankcentre.co.uk for more information.

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