DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics

22 Aug 2018 – 14 Oct 2018

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 20:00
10:00 – 18:00

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Hayward Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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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 artistsToggle

Francesco Copello

Michel Journiac


Tony Morgan

Adam Christensen

Ann Hirsch

Rose English

Valie Export

Paul Kindersley

Victoria Sin

Cerith Wyn Evans

Cerith Wyn Evans

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

Renate Bertlmann

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

David Wojnarowicz & Jesse Hultberg

Samuel Fosso

Robert Mapplethorpe

Suzy Lake

David Hoyle

Ana Mendieta


Oreet Ashery

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Ming Wong

Jo Spence

Pierre Molinier

Birgit Jürgenssen

Jimmy DeSana

Eleanor Antin

Leigh Bowery

Luciano Castelli

Hunter Reynolds

Martha Wilson


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