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This exhibition expands on traditional representations of drag, involving drag queens, drag kings and bio drags from different generations and backgrounds.

Focusing on self-portraiture from the 1960s to the present day, this exhibition includes work by artists who have used drag as an artistic tool to explore or challenge preconceptions of identity, gender, class, politics and race.

It features the work of key established figures such as Pierre Molinier (1900-1976), VALIE EXPORT (b1940), Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989), Ulay (b1943) and Cindy Sherman (b1954), as well as self-portraits by a younger generation of contemporary artists who have recently embraced drag as an art form, including Adam Christensen, Oreet Ashery and Victoria Sin.

DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics is presented through a multitude of distinct voices rather than offering a linear or chronological narrative. The artists explore key cultural shifts from the past 50 years, and through drag, they address a diverse range of topics from feminism to the AIDS crisis and post-colonial theory.

Most of the works in this HENI Project Space show are photographs, but the exhibition also includes works in other media, including performance.

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