Drag Yourself To The Hayward


Drag: Self Portraits and Body Politics at The Hayward Gallery

There’s no doubting the exceptional job that RuPaul’s Drag Race has done in revealing to a mass audience that drag truly deserves recognition as an art form. You do have to wonder, however, if the show does enough to elevate the incredibly rich history of drag and by failing to do so, might tempt its new devotees to see the whole thing as all simply beginning with BeBe Zahara Benet and ending with Aquaria.

The Hayward Gallery’s latest free exhibition ‘Drag: Self-portraits and Body Politics’ is a celebration of the relationship between art and drag and features the work of more than 30 artists who have used drag to explore or question identity, class, gender and politics from the 1960s until the present day. Focusing on the tremendous cultural shifts that have taken place over the past 50 years, the show includes work that highlights the 1980s AIDS crisis as well as post-colonial theory.


‘Drag’ features the work – amongst many others – of David Hoyle, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Cerith Wyn Evans, Leigh Bowery, Adam Christensen and Victoria Sin.

22nd August – 14 October 2018

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