OPEN STUDIO: A CELEBRATION OF CHICAGO's QUEER NIGHTLIFE & DRAG SCENE
Date: June 11, 2017
Time: 12-4 PM
Location: 2233 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608
Full Spectrum Features presents the spectacle of a drag show in a totally new light -- as a work of art to be explored and intimately appreciated. Visitors can walk around the stage and sets, and interact with drag performers who will be featured throughout the event in "durational performances."
This exhibition will be an interactive installation, taking place in an elaborate, handcrafted set that will evoke a "heaven-and-hell" themed nightclub, including a church confessional, a stage with a neon sign that reads “Church,” as well as other details inspired by religious iconography.
All of the performers are queer, trans, people of color, and other people who are underrepresented in films, and who have historically been excluded from mainstream religion. The characters have non-hetero/mainstream relationships, such as Dominant and submissive (D/s) and other kinky relationships. This project sheds a positive light and representation on these often shamed and taboo consensual relationships and draws comparison to religious and spiritual practices and BDSM.
LEAD ARTIST & cURATOR
MOLLY HEWITT is a writer, director, performance and drag artist. In her work Molly imitates, dissects, consumes, and re-enacts her surroundings. Unraveling the mechanisms and meanings of cultural text to be reused in an illuminating or empowering way. Molly makes work about sexuality, performing femininity, objectification, food, and desire. Attempting to relate, understand, and subvert through imitation.
Molly’s short film Maggie’s Problem was an official selection of the Chicago Underground Film Festival and won Best Art Direction at the North Portland Unknown Film Festival. You can watch the film on www.watch.troma.com
More at www.mollyhewitt.tk and @glamhag on instagram.