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Flo Brooks, Juliana Huxtable

Kiss My Genders

Hayward Gallery, London

Kiss My Genders is a group exhibition that explores and celebrates gender identity and gender fluidity. Spanning the past 50 years, it brings together over 100 artworks by more than 30 artists from all over the world, some of whom were born almost a century apart.

Rather than treating gender as a set of fixed categories, the artists in this exhibition approach it as something to be challenged, reconsidered and in some cases rejected altogether.

Although the tone and approach of the works in Kiss My Genders is often light, the questions they raise and the subjects they address are not. Implicit in many of the works in this exhibition—which range from painting and video to large-scale, site-specific installations—is that pleasure, play, celebration and representation are inherently political, and that humour can be used as a tool for both survival and critique.

Kiss My Genders is an exhibition characterised by multiplicity. While some of the artists in this show make use of and disrupt established conventions such as photographic portraiture, others seek out and create new forms of representation. Often opting for ambiguity and abstraction over legibility, all of the artists in Kiss My Genders respond on their own terms and in their own visual language to a subject that, for many, remains in a permanent and productive state of irresolution.

Kiss My Genders is curated by guest curator Vincent Honoré, Director of Exhibitions and Programmes at MoCo Montpellier Contemporain, with Hayward Gallery Assistant Curator Tarini Malik and Curatorial Assistant Thomas Sutton.

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