A Queen is a King is a Quing (2023)
The portrait series A Queen is a King is a Quing is part of the project Sacharoff's Legacy: An Interdisciplinary Exhibition Project on Queerness and Gender Fluidity in Dance. The project revolves around the exploration of Ukrainian dancer and artist Alexander Sacharoff, a trailblazer who lived in Munich in the early 20th century. Sacharoff made his debut as the first male and queer dancer on the independent scene, marking a significant shift from the classical ballet tradition.
In A Queen is a King is a Quing I have captured and interviewed eight diverse drag artists from Munich. Through my photographs, I offer a contemporary reinterpretation of Sacharoff's dance expression. In the interviews, I engage with the artists, discussing their first stage performance in drag, the significance of this art form to them, their evolution, sources of inspiration, and the role of drag in their queer identity.
I prioritize showcasing great diversity in my selection of drag artists, emphasizing the distinctiveness in their art forms and personalities. The project aims to demonstrate that every form of drag has a rightful place and is inclusive for everyone.
The exhibition project is a production of the Habibi Kiosk of the Münchner Kammerspiele in collaboration with the DANCE 2023 Festival, Munich Dance Histories, and photographer Leoni Marie Hübner. More info about the cooperation here.
With the drag artists Pinay Colada, Na' Eve, Barbie Q, Earl van Grey, Mediocre Legend, Pasta Parisa, Smoothoperator and Perry Stroika.
The photo project has been included in the collection of the Münchner Stadtmuseum.