Published October 21, 2016
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
Book photos by Andrew Atiya. Hands by Miss Malice.