Documenting the transformation of our Nation’s premiere drag performers, photographer Aaron Walker’s images of the diverse drag spectrum are captured with great sensitivity, offering a rare insight into these leading performance artists in an exhibition at Sydney’s Watch This Space Gallery on Oxford Street.
Dragformation is a study of the many facets of drag – from it’s subversive and deconstructionist applications, to it’s cultural value within and beyond communities, to it’s meaning and value to the individual and their constructions of self and identity.
Dragformation is an ongoing project for Walker with no set end date – aiming to capture and document what ‘drag’ is, what it means, and the people who engage with it. Walker’s work is fast becoming THE definitive document of our contemporary drag generations, and will revive your faith in drag as an artform, revealing that it is electric, powerful and relevant as ever.
Aaron Walker is head aerialist trainer at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) in Melbourne. He has also recently become the institution’s official photographer, creating the images for their show and graduating events.
With the intention of creating a genuine arts hub in the local community, Watch This Space Gallery is a new full time art space, made possible through a collaboration between Travis de Jonk and the G4 Guitar School Paddington.
Opened in January 2016, the gallery is already considered one of the top 10 artist-run galleries in the City of Sydney, and is open Sunday: 12.00pm – 5.00pm, with street front viewing available Monday to Saturday: 1.00pm – 8.00pm.
Watch This Space Gallery, 11 Oxford Street, Paddington
Exhibition continues to 28 August 2016
For more information, visit: www.watchthisspace.site for details.
Image: Dragformation – courtesy of Aaron Walker and Watch This Space Gallery