DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics

22 Aug 2018 – 14 Oct 2018

Regular opening hours

11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 21:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00

Hayward Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 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

Ana Mendieta

David Wojnarowicz & Jesse Hultberg

Rose English

Pierre Molinier

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Suzy Lake

Jo Spence



Ming Wong

Ann Hirsch

Leigh Bowery

Francesco Copello

Samuel Fosso

Birgit Jürgenssen

Renate Bertlmann

Paul Kindersley

Victoria Sin

Tony Morgan

Robert Mapplethorpe

Adam Christensen

Luciano Castelli

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Martha Wilson

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

Valie Export

Oreet Ashery

Michel Journiac

Jimmy DeSana

David Hoyle

Cerith Wyn Evans

Cerith Wyn Evans

Hunter Reynolds

Eleanor Antin


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