Radical Drag

RADICAL DRAG: Transformative Performance (2008)
Curated by Stefan St-Laurent and Tobaron Waxman.
Gallerie SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada.

A consideration of radical drag as a form of artistic practice, the exhibition Radical Drag: Transformative Performance showcases the work of 20 Canadian and international artists who have each transgressed accepted societal standards of sexual and gender representation through performance, video, photography and wearable art. Expanding or even ignoring the expected values of mainstream drag, these artists confront issues of sexuality, gender, race, trauma and otherness in bold new ways. A worldwide phenomena that has often brought forth political and social change, radical drag is finally legitimized in an uncompromising exhibition that is sure to transform viewers and their vision of art.

Works by Ron Athey, Leigh Bowery, Steven Cohen, Shawna Dempsey + Lorri Milan, China Doll, Fergus Greer, Andrew Harwood, Rafaat Hattab, M. Lamar, Tanya Mars, Mikiki, Kent Monkman, Zanele Muholi, Harold Offeh, Virginia Puff Paint, Mirha Soleil Ross, Emily Roysdon, Atif Siddiqi, Del La Grace Volcano.

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