DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics

22 Aug 2018 – 14 Oct 2018

Regular hours

11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 18:00

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

Leigh Bowery


Cerith Wyn Evans

Cerith Wyn Evans

Jo Spence

Rose English

Robert Mapplethorpe

Adam Christensen

Victoria Sin

Renate Bertlmann


Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

Tony Morgan

Hunter Reynolds

Oreet Ashery

Luciano Castelli

Michel Journiac

David Wojnarowicz & Jesse Hultberg

Ann Hirsch

Valie Export

Eleanor Antin

Pierre Molinier

Birgit Jürgenssen

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Jimmy DeSana

Ana Mendieta

Suzy Lake

David Hoyle

Samuel Fosso

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Francesco Copello

Ming Wong

Martha Wilson

Paul Kindersley


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