Dragging Up The Past
The Virtual Exhibition!
Click the link to view the virtual
Dragging Up The Past : Cork Drag Timeline archive:
See below works and details from two of the artists, Liam Bee and Stephen Doyle, who will be featured in the
Dragging Up The Past Exhibition at The MTU Gallery at 46 Grand Parade in 2022. The gallery exhibition will also include materials from the archive and from the documentary's stars.
"The work at present is an insight into my own self-contemplation on my place as a queer person and performer. Through my work I hope to highlight and examine my own conflicts with modern perceptions of perfection/idealisation that are perpetuated in contemporary queer spaces. The work as it stands presents itself as a series of life sized tableaux vivant video performances. The videos aim to highlight the movement that occurred throughout the performance to try and show the frailty of perceptions of perfection. The video is accompanied by a series of nine photographic close up shots of my made up face in its various forms."
Stephen Doyle, Performing the Feminine II’
Artist Statement -
Performing the Feminine II’ is inspired by the iconic drag ‘ball culture’. In particular, the drag ball scene illuminates themes revolving around race, gender, and sexual orientation within society. Drag balls are competitions that consist of individuals, often drag queens, performing various genders and social groups. The shortlisted mixed media painting is a commentary on the fluidity of gender roles. Doyle’s painting provides a platform for discussion on how an antiquated social structure has limited and reduced gender identity to a fixed, binary status. Through the drag performance represented in ‘ Performing the Feminine II’, the exploration and interplay of femininity versus masculinity is put on display. The choice of materials in the painting emphasises such interplay. Metal, wood, hard angles, and solid colours symbolising the ‘male’ are juxtaposed with fabrics, light patterns, and vibrant colours associated with femininity.
Doyle received the Sunny Art Prize for this piece in 2018, which is currently in the collection of Harmony Art Gallery in Shanghai. Doyle's work is represented in the collections of MTU and Crawford Art Gallery.