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

David Hoyle

Cerith Wyn Evans

Cerith Wyn Evans

Tony Morgan

Victoria Sin

Adam Christensen


Birgit Jürgenssen

Michel Journiac

Oreet Ashery

Renate Bertlmann


Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

Jimmy DeSana

David Wojnarowicz & Jesse Hultberg

Hunter Reynolds

Luciano Castelli

Leigh Bowery

Suzy Lake

Valie Export

Samuel Fosso

Rose English

Francesco Copello

Martha Wilson

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Paul Kindersley

Eleanor Antin

Jo Spence

Robert Mapplethorpe

Ming Wong

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Pierre Molinier

Ann Hirsch

Ana Mendieta


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