Kiss My Genders
親吻我的性別


12 June-8 September 2019
Hayward Gallery

This summer, Hayward Gallery presents Kiss My Genders, a group exhibition celebrating more than 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender identity.

Juliana Huxtable Untitled (Lil’ Marvel) 2015 Courtesy of the Artist and JTT, New York
© Juliana Huxtable, 2019

Spanning the past 50 years, Kiss My Genders brings together over 100 artworks by different generations of artists from around the world. Employing a wide range of approaches, these artists share an interest in articulating and engaging with gender fluidity, as well as with non-binary, trans and intersex identities.

While the artists in Kiss My Genders work across a wide variety of media – including installation, video, painting, sculpture, and wall drawings – the exhibition places a particular emphasis on works that revisit the tradition of photographic portraiture. A number of artists in the exhibition treat the body itself as sculpture, and in doing so open up new possibilities for gender, beauty, and representations of the human form.

Installation view of Victoria Sin, A view of elsewhere, act 1, she postures in context(2018)

Installation view of Victoria Sin, A view of elsewhere, act 1, she postures in context(2018)

Participating artists include: Ajamu, Travis Alabanza, Amrou Al-Kadhi & Holly Falconer, Sadie Benning, Nayland Blake, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Flo Brooks, Luciano Castelli, Jimmy DeSana, Jes Fan, Chitra Ganesh, Martine Gutierrez, Lyle Ashton Harris, Nicholas Hlobo, Peter Hujar, Juliana Huxtable, Joan Jett Blakk, Tarek Lakhrissi, Zoe Leonard, Ad Minoliti, Pierre Molinier, Kent Monkman, Zanele Muholi, Catherine Opie, Planningtorock, Christina Quarles, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Hunter Reynolds, Athi-Patra Ruga, Tejal Shah, Victoria Sin, Jenkin van Zyl, Del LaGrace Volcano.

Kiss My Genders plays host to a number of artists who explore gender expression through performance, drag and masquerade. These include Ajamu, a London-based visual activist whose work challenges conventional understanding of sexuality, desire, pleasure and cultural production within contemporary Britain; Brooklyn-based performance artist Martine Gutierrez , who characterises identity as something ‘alien or unfamiliar’ in her ambitious photographic series Masking and Demons (both 2018); and Amrou Al-Kadhi, a British-Iraqi
writer, drag performer and filmmaker, who in collaboration with British photographer Holly Falconer, created a photographic portrait Glamrou (2016) using triple exposure to communicate the experience of being in drag as a person of Muslim heritage.

A number of the artworks in this exhibition address the broader social and political questions and contexts that intersect with gender identity. Concerned with the way that marginalised groups are ‘forced to be their own saints’, Juliana Huxtable portrays herself as a mythological character or superhero in a series of powerful self-portraits or ‘self-imaginings’. In The Memorial Dress (1993) – a black ball gown printed with the names of 25,000 individuals known to have died of AIDS-related illnesses – artist and AIDS activist Hunter Reynolds uses art as a tool to process trauma as well as transform it. London-based artist duo Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings explore the politics, histories and aesthetics of queer space in their video installation Something for the Boys (2018) ; and in an unsettling series of photographs entitled Crime Scene (2012), Zanele Muholi draws attention to the violence suffered by South Africa’s lesbian and transgender communities.

Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings The Dudes, 2017 Courtesy of the Artists and Arcadia Missa © the artists 2019

Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings The Dudes, 2017 Courtesy of the Artists and Arcadia Missa © the artists 2019

Kiss My Genders will feature a number of new works and site-specific commissions. In the upper galleries, Jenkin van Zyl, the youngest artist in the exhibition, will present a new, expanded video work, Looners (2019), while Brooklyn-based visual artist Chitra Ganesh – whose work deals with representations of femininity, sexuality and power – will create a site-specific wall drawing.

Taking place across the entire Hayward Gallery, Kiss My Genders also extends beyond the gallery walls, with two new commissions that will transform elements of the Southbank Centre site.

Ad Minoliti, an Argentinian artist who uses brightly coloured geometric designs to represent a trans-human utopia, will design Southbank Centre’s Riverside Stage, while a series of flags designed by Minoliti will also adorn the roof of Royal Festival Hall. Elsewhere on site, South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga will transform the windows of Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Hayward Gallery foyer into a striking display of ‘stained glass’ featuring avatars designed by the artist, and a poem by Tarek Lakhrissi – ‘Glory’ – will greet visitors as they approach the stairs leading to Southbank Centre’s Mandela Walk.

Kiss My Genders is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring original essays by Amrou Al-Kadhi, Paul Clinton, Charlie Fox, Jack Halberstam, Manuel Segade and Susan Stryker, as well as an excerpt from Renate Lorenz’s influential Queer Art: A Freak Theory, and poetry by Travis Alabanza, Jay Bernard, Nat Raha and Tarek Lakhrissi. Also featured in the exhibition catalogue is a roundtable discussion between a number of the artists and exhibition curator Vincent Honoré.

The exhibition’s title is taken from the song ‘Transome’ by Bolton-born, Berlin-based singer-songwriter, Planningtorock, who will also perform as part of the exhibition’s public programme.

Vincent Honoré, Guest Curator said: “Kiss My Genders brings together a leading group of international artists who explore and engage with gender identities. Conveyed through a wide range of mediums, this exhibition intends to be a wonderful celebration welcoming the brilliant differences and the rich spectra of genders within our society.”

親吻我的性別
2019年6月12日 至 2019年9月8日
海沃德畫廊

 

今夏海沃德畫廊將獻上《親吻我的性別》大型群展,展出超過30名國際藝術家關於自身性別身份探索的作品。

在過去的五十年間,《親吻我的性別》匯聚來自世界各地幾代藝術家們的超過100件作品。這些藝術家們通過廣泛的手段,共同體現了對耕耘與參與性別流動性、非二元性別、跨性別及雙性人議題的興趣。

盡管《親吻我的性別》所展出作品包涵跨越多重媒介—–從裝置、影像、繪畫、雕塑、再至墻壁繪圖—–它著重於突出回現攝影人像的傳統作品。數位參展藝術家將身體本身看作一件雕塑,以此打開關於人體的性別、美與其體現的新可能性。

參展藝術家名單:Ajamu, Travis Alabanza, Amrou Al-Kadhi & Holly Falconer, Sadie Benning, Nayland Blake, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Flo Brooks, Luciano Castelli, Jimmy DeSana, Jes Fan, Chitra Ganesh, Martine Gutierrez, Lyle Ashton Harris, Nicholas Hlobo, Peter Hujar, Juliana Huxtable, Joan Jett Blakk, Tarek Lakhrissi, Zoe Leonard, Ad Minoliti, Pierre Molinier, Kent Monkman, Zanele Muholi, Catherine Opie, Planningtorock, Christina Quarles, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Hunter Reynolds, Athi-Patra Ruga, Tejal Shah, Victoria Sin, Jenkin van Zyl, Del LaGrace Volcano.

《親吻我的性別》中數位藝術家使用行為藝術、變裝及化妝舞會形式探索了性別表達。這其中包括基於倫敦的視覺活動家Ajamu,他的作品挑戰了當代倫敦語境對於性別、欲望、愉悅及文化生產的傳統理解。目前主要工作於布魯克林的行為藝術家Martine Gutierrez在她充滿野心的攝影系列《偽裝與魔鬼 (2018)》中,將身份定義為某種“疏遠或陌生”的概念。以及英國和伊拉克籍的作家、變裝表演者及電影制作人Amrou Al-Kadhi,在與英國攝影家Holly Falconer的合作中,創造了壹系列攝影肖像《Glamrou (2016)》,運用三重曝光探討了作為繼承了穆斯林血統的表演變裝者的經驗生活。

展覽中部分作品涉及更廣泛的、與性別身份相交集的政治性及社會性問題。出於對邊緣化群體“迫使自己成為自己的聖人”的關註與擔憂,Juliana Huxtable在一系列表現強烈的自肖像和“自幻想”中,將自己描繪成神話中抑或超級英雄般的人物。藝術家及艾滋活動家Hunter Reynolds將藝術作為對抗精神創傷的有效工具,他的作品《紀念裙 (1993)》是一件黑色的晚禮服,群上印著25,000位因艾滋並發癥去世的個體的姓名。來自倫敦的雙人藝術家組合Hannah Quinlan和Rosie Hasting在他們的影像裝置作品《男孩的壹些事 (2018)》中,探討了酷兒空間的政治、歷史、和美學。在Zanele Muholi令人不安的攝影系列《犯罪現場 (2012)》中,藝術家將焦點對準了南非女同性戀及變性人群體所遭受的暴力對待現象上。

《親吻我的性別》將特別展出一定數量的新作品及在地委任作品。在上層畫廊中,參展的年輕藝術家Jenkin van Zyl將帶來全新的擴展影像作品《Looners (2019)》,以及來自布魯克林的視覺藝術家Chitra Ganesh也將呈現最新創作的在地委任—-一幅探討了女性、性別與權力表現的墻上繪畫作品。

不僅局限於海沃德畫廊內部的全部展示空間,《親吻我的性別》同時將展覽拓展至畫廊外—-此次展覽將有兩件新委任作品在南岸中心展出。

阿根廷籍藝術家Ad Minoliti 曾創作了一個充斥明亮色彩和幾何感設計的跨性別人類的烏托邦。此次,他將設計南岸中心的河岸階梯,配合亮相他為皇家節日廳設計的壹系列屋頂裝飾旗幟。同樣在南岸中心,南非籍藝術家Athi-Patra Ruga將用繪有藝術家所設計的化身形象和Tarek Lakhrissi詩歌《Glory》所裝飾的“彩繪玻璃”裝置,改造伊麗莎白女王廳的窗戶和海沃德畫廊的前廳。此裝置將用以迎接每壹位通過臺階前往南岸中心曼德拉通道的參觀者。

《親吻我的性別》展覽同期出版附插圖作品目錄。目錄另刊有Amrou Al-Kadhi、Paul Clinton、Charlie Fox、Jack Halberstam、Manuel Segade和Susan Stryker的原創文章,Renate Lorenz極具影響力的《酷兒藝術:怪異理論》的節選,以及Travis Alabanza、Jay Bernard、Nat Raha和Tarek Lakhrissi的詩歌。此外,作品目錄還囊括了由策展人Vincent Honore和數位藝術家參與的圓桌討論記錄。

展覽標題取自於現基柏林的唱作人Planningtorock的歌曲《Transome》。此次, 他將為展覽的公共藝術項目帶來自己的表演。

客座策展人Vincent Honore:“《親吻我的性別》匯集了壹批來自世界各地的、在性別身份探討領域中領先的藝術家們。 本次展覽意圖通過不同媒介作為美妙的慶祝,來歡迎我們社會中所存在的豐富的性別差異。”