To perform drag is to flip the established framework for gender. Yet in recent years, drag queens have ascended from an underground party culture to become a global trend. With such a drastic shift in how the world sees drag, what are some perspectives that can help us to interpret these performances? And how do drag performers see their own art?
The upcoming edition of Tai Kwun Conversations: Spill the Tea and Werq! Truth & Performance in Hong Kong Drag Culture explores drag culture’s tremendous impact in the LGBTQ+ community. Invited to this discussion and performance are the local drag queen Coco Pop, a seasoned performer, and DragJam, a drag collective representing a younger generation of performers.
First engaging in a conversation about drag culture in Hong Kong, they will share with us what has changed since the 2000s, and how this transformation has affected lives in the queer community. Following the discussion, Coco Pop and DragJam will then perform, presenting a striking showcase of different styles and a new mythology for drag.
This event will be conducted in Cantonese and English, with simultaneous interpretation in both languages.
Programmes may contain a small amount of indecent language and are recommended for ages 15 and above.
About the exhibition
Myth Makers—Spectrosynthesis III, presented by Tai Kwun Contemporary and Sunpride Foundation, is one of the first major survey exhibitions on LGBTQ+ perspectives in Hong Kong and draws inspiration from artists addressing “queer mythologies”—who highlight either same-sex love and desire or gender fluidity as found in ancient belief systems and traditions in Asia.
About Tai Kwun Conversations
Tai Kwun Conversations is a monthly event that brings together brilliant minds from the fields of contemporary art, architecture, heritage, among many others. Join us to discover new artistic exchanges and outstanding practices in heritage conservation.