posted by caroline picard


Video, Sculpture and Installation by Young Joon Kwak (MAPH DOVA)
& performance by lil eloté

On view April 23, 2010 to May 14, 2010

Opening Reception Friday, April 23, 6-9pm
Performance by lil eloté begins promptly at 7:00

Open Studios Wednesday, May 12 4:30-6pm

Closing Reception Friday, May 14, from 6-9pm

at Doomsday Building
6042 S Kimbark Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

To schedule a viewing, contact

In Conjunction With the Exhibition:
Artist Talk at the Contemporary Art Workshop

Monday, May 10, 2010, 6pm

At Cobb Lecture Hall, Room 202
5811 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

Wigs, thick makeup, heels, patent leather, and sequins—these are materials that I implement in my artwork and are also material identifications tied to my experience performing in drag. Drag symbolizes resistance and defiance to norms of gender, sex, race and class, while it’s also contingent and complicit in bolstering these oftentimes oppressive norms, revealing their instability. These material identifications gain productive force in my newest sculptures, video, installation and performance works, presented in TEARS FROM MY PUSSY (MAPH DOVA creative thesis exhibition). In these works, I imagine the drag queen as being comprised of fragments, an assemblage that is fluid and in a constant state of transformation. I engender form to the spaces in-between the seams of these fragments, wherein affects are produced and transmitted—and where a variety of new and radical interactions and transformations may occur.

Hairy objects and a small-editioned catalog of the exhibition including an essay by Ingrid Haftel will be distributed at the opening.