For our second issue, we explored the history and meaning of "realness" -- from gender illusionists and the Harlem ball scene to the "real" and surreal drag arts of today. Drag, it seems, is both imitation and transformation, performance and truth. The diverse body of work, by over 25 artists, explores the ways in which drag utilizes "the real" for radical thought and self-expression.
Patrick Arias | Stephen Boyer | Daphne Chan | Merrie Cherry | Cole Closser | Kevin Czap | Evan Dahm | Katie Fricas | Rumi Hara | Pearl Harbor | Chris of Hur | Kia Labeija | Sara Lautman | Laurel Lynn Leake | Miss Malice | April Malig | Sophie McMahan | Nyx Nocturne | Goldie Peacock | Lady Quesa'Dilla | Carlo Quispe | Dan Rinylo | Chad Sell | Kelsey Short | Lady Simon | Linda Simpson | Danez Smith | Christopher Soto | Fox Squire | Jenif(f)er Tamayo | Ultraviolet | Lee VaLone | Nikke Wallschaegar
From camp to fashion, from personal narrative to queer politics - the art of drag is rich and diverse and deserves to be celebrated. In the inaugural issue of VYM, we asked over 20 of the most talented independent artists, performers, and writers working today to define the indefinable: "What is Drag?" Their answers are as varied and valid as the art itself and their work reminds us that their is no "right way" to do, or to even define drag. VYM seeks to celebrate it all.
ayakamay | Ben Bascom | Romey Bensen | Veronica Bleaus | Masha Bogushevsky | Jennifer Camper | Jon Chad | Wo Chan | Crystal Demure | Kinzie Ferguson | Ritsu Hirayama | Becca Kacanda |Crimson Kitty | Laurel Lynn Leake | John Lisle | Kitten 'N Lou |Yuki Matsumura | Dewey McGeoch | Catt Melendez | Donald C. Shorter Jr. | Sasha Velour | Jesus Ward | Eric Kostiuk Williams |