Drag as Art at Marabouparken – the chocolate factory and a beautiful art space and sculpture park in Stockholm. For one night transformed into a performance space with the extraordinary flamboyant dandy Prince Poppycock with the legendary Kristian Hoffman; the wild surrealist New Civilisation from Wallenberg plus a photo exhibition of images from the Exquisite Identities: Queens and Clowns series by John-Paul Bichard. Queens and Klowns is a series of performer portraits taken just before/after they performed at the Queens and Klowns event at Södra Teatern. As Drag as Art’s inaugural event, the show was both provocative and raised serious questions around the aesthetics, politics and context of drag in contemporary culture.
The images are a part of Bichard’s growing series of portraits that explore identity, sexuality and role with people who create rich and complex characters and performer alter egos.
Drag as Art is the creative brainchild of Karin Victorin and Kalle Westerling that sets out to provoke questions, subvert conventions and explore drag in all it’s creative forms.