Emiliano Maggi “Life drawing class” for Queer Futures at Mimosa House, London

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Mimosa House hosts Life Drawing Class a new performance by Emiliano Maggi exploring the paradoxes and performativity of gender, within the public program Queer Futures.

Coming from a costume design background, the artist has made a series of costumes for his performance, Life Drawing Class, in which participants are invited to draw the artist-model in a succession of poses performing different gender identities. The performance is based on the figure of travesti in theatre, and references Shakespeare’s As You Like It in which the female character of Rosalind was traditionally played by a male actor, who then disguises herself as a male shepherd boy during most of the play. This presentation of gender identity as a costume works to destabilise binary identities and highlights the social construction of femininity and masculinity. All are welcome to join the drawing class and paper and pencils will be provided.

Queer Futures is a public programme of events and exhibition exploring narratives for queer resistance, from mythology and folklore to speculative science fiction. The programme will include performances, screenings, discussions and workshops and each event will leave a contribution in the space to form a gradually expanding archive.

 

Courtesy the artist

 

Courtesy the artist

 

Courtesy the artist

 

Emiliano Maggi
Life Drawing Class
Friday 6 April 2018, 7pm

Mimosa House | 12 Princes Street, London
+44 (0) 780 235 1468
info@mimosahouse.co.uk
mimosahouse.co.uk