The Blockbuster Exhibition of the Year!
Radical Drag: Transformative Performance
October 2 - November 18, 2008 Opening: Thursday, October 2 at 8PM. With performances by
Ron Athey (Los Angeles), Raafat Hattab (Tel Aviv), M. Lamar (New York), China Doll (Ottawa)
and DJ CPI (Ottawa). Pay What You Can.
Galerie SAW Gallery 67 Nicholas Street, at the corner of Daly Avenue, Ottawa.
Information: (613) 236-6181
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.
Participating Artists: Ron Athey (Los Angeles) Leigh Bowery (London) Steven Cohen (Johannesburg)
Shawna Dempsey + Laurie Millan (Winnipeg) China Doll (Ottawa) Fergus Greer (Los Angeles)
Andrew Harwood (Toronto) Raafat Hattab (Tel Aviv) M. Lamar (New York) Tanya Mars (Toronto)
Zanele Muholi (Johannesburg) Mikiki (Toronto) Kent Monkman (Toronto) Harold Offeh (London)
Mirha-Soleil Ross (Toronto) Emily Roysdon (New York) Atif Siddiqi (Montréal) Virginia Puffpaint (Toronto)
Del LaGrace Volcano (Stockholm) Curators: Stefan St-Laurent (Ottawa) Tobaron Waxman (New York)
Lead Sponsor: Capital Xtra
Funders and Sponsors: Canada Council for the Arts, City of Ottawa, Ontario Arts Council, L'Écart.. . lieu d'art actuel, Centre d"art et de diffusion Clark, Steam Whistle Brewing, McAuslan Brewing and Jer's Vision
Galerie SAW Gallery
67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa ON K1N 7B9 CANADA
General information and press inquiries: (613) 236-6181
Hours of operation: Tuesday - Saturday, 11AM - 6PM