DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics

22 Aug 2018 – 14 Oct 2018

Hayward Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Tube: Waterloo / Embankment

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This free exhibition features the work of more than 30 artists who have used drag to explore or question identity, gender, class and politics, from the 1960s to the present day.

Alongside key figures such as Pierre Molinier, VALIE EXPORT, Robert Mapplethorpe and Cindy Sherman, the exhibition also includes self-portraits by a younger generation of contemporary artists who have recently embraced drag as an art form, including Adam Christensen and Victoria Sin.

Rather than offering a linear or chronological narrative, this exhibition aims 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 is accompanied by a programme of tours led by drag performers.

Exhibiting artists

Victoria Sin

Martha Wilson

Francesco Copello

Paul Kindersley

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Robert Mapplethorpe

Eleanor Antin

Pierre Molinier

Ann Hirsch

Ana Mendieta

Tony Morgan

Adam Christensen

David Hoyle

Michel Journiac

Birgit Jürgenssen

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman


Oreet Ashery

Cerith Wyn Evans

Cerith Wyn Evans

Renate Bertlmann

Leigh Bowery

Samuel Fosso

David Wojnarowicz & Jesse Hultberg

Hunter Reynolds

Jimmy DeSana

Rose English

Luciano Castelli


Valie Export

Jo Spence

Suzy Lake

Ming Wong


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