Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings The Dudes, 2017 Courtesy of the Artists and Arcadia Missa © the artists 2019

This summer, Kiss My Genders is a group exhibition that celebrates more than 30 international artists whose work challenges fixed and binary identities.

Spanning the past five decades, the show at Hayward Gallery brings together over 100 artworks by different generations of creatives who employ various approaches but share a common interest in exploring gender fluidity, as well as non-binary, trans and intersex identities.

From installation and video to painting, sculpture and wall drawings, the exhibition places a particular emphasis on works that revisit the tradition of photographic portraiture. A number of artists in the exhibition treat the body itself as sculpture, and in doing so open up new possibilities for gender, beauty and representations of the human form.

Kiss My Genders also plays host to artists who explore gender expression through performance, drag and masquerade. These include Ajamu, a London-based visual activist whose work challenges conventional understanding of sexuality, desire, pleasure and cultural production within contemporary Britain and Brooklyn-based performance artist Martine Gutierrez, who characterises identity as something “alien or unfamiliar” in her ambitious photographic series Masking and Demons (both 2018).

There’s also Amrou Al-Kadhi, a British-Iraqi writer, drag performer and filmmaker, who in collaboration with British photographer Holly Falconer, created a photographic portrait Glamrou (2016) using triple exposure to communicate the experience of being in drag as a person of Muslim heritage.

The exhibition’s title is taken from the song ‘Transome’ by Bolton-born, Berlin-based singer-songwriter, Planningtorock, who will also perform as part of the exhibition’s public programme. Kiss My Genders at Hayward Gallery runs until 8 September 2019.

Luciano Castelli Lucille/selfportrait, 1973 © Luciano Castelli

Luciano Castelli Lucille/selfportrait, 1973 © Luciano Castelli

Amrou Al-Kadhi & Holly Falconer    Glamrou, 2016 Courtesy Cause & Effect Magazine © Holly Falconer (2016)

Amrou Al-Kadhi & Holly Falconer Glamrou, 2016 Courtesy Cause & Effect Magazine © Holly Falconer (2016)

Zanele Muholi Phila I, Parktown, 2016 Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York © Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi Phila I, Parktown, 2016 Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York © Zanele Muholi

Flo Brooks I’m just a phase my parents are going through, 2018 Courtesy of the artist and Project Native Informant London © Flo Brooks 2019

Flo Brooks I’m just a phase my parents are going through, 2018 Courtesy of the artist and Project Native Informant London © Flo Brooks 2019

Catherine Opie Mike and Sky (1993) Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Thomas Dane Gallery, London © Catherine Opie

Catherine Opie Mike and Sky (1993) Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Thomas Dane Gallery, London © Catherine Opie

Juliana Huxtable  Untitled (Lil’ Marvel) 2015 Courtesy of the Artist and JTT, New York © Juliana Huxtable, 2019

Juliana Huxtable Untitled (Lil’ Marvel) 2015 Courtesy of the Artist and JTT, New York © Juliana Huxtable, 2019

Martine Gutierrez Masking, Fish Mask, p48 from Indigenous Woman, 2018 Courtesy of the artist and RYAN LEE Gallery, New York © Martine Gutierrez

Martine Gutierrez Masking, Fish Mask, p48 from Indigenous Woman, 2018 Courtesy of the artist and RYAN LEE Gallery, New York © Martine Gutierrez

Del LaGrace Volcano Robyn, Cold Store Romance, London, 1988 Courtesy of the artist © Del LaGrace Volcano

Del LaGrace Volcano Robyn, Cold Store Romance, London, 1988 Courtesy of the artist © Del LaGrace Volcano

Luciano Castelli Goldene Schallplatte 3, 1974 Courtesy of the artist © Luciano Castelli

Luciano Castelli Goldene Schallplatte 3, 1974 Courtesy of the artist © Luciano Castelli

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