Joan Jett Blakk for President, by Joan Jett Blakk (1992)

Take an audio tour through Kiss My Genders

Featuring over 100 artists and spanning 50 years, this exhibition celebrates work engaging with gender identity, in a time we need these conversations more than ever.

The gender debate has been a hot topic for some time, and it comes with good reason. Slowly but surely, measures are taking place to ensure the world-at-large is accessible for everyone (regardless of sexual orientation) but there’s still a whole load of work to be done. 

After all, gender is merely a spectrum, right? As for anyone who disagrees, they can kiss my ass. Or Kiss My Genders, as the Hayward Gallery’s latest exhibition is so rightly titled.

Featuring over 100 artworks by 35 artists from around the world – both emerging and established, Kiss My Genders hones in on the exploration of gender identity and gender fluidity spanning the past 50 years. Considering and challenging what gender’ means, the artists, who mainly identify as gender non-binary and go by the gender-neutral pronoun they’, largely use playfulness and celebration as a tool to combat the political nature of the theme, with gender being inherently political as it is. When tensions relating to the lives of LGBTQ+ people are consistently hitting intense highs and lows (and in light of yet another homophobic attack in the capital), Kiss My Genders is a refreshingly bold insight into how gender affects those involved in the politics of it, but is also a well-needed reminder that there is hope for change not just here, but globally. 

Drawing on their own experiences, the artists featured include Joan Jett Blakk, Victoria Sin, Kent Monkman, Peter Hujar, Lyle Ashton Harris and Flo Brooks, whose work was recently acquired for the nation by The Arts Council Collection. Below, Vincent Honoré, the exhibition’s curator, gives us an audio tour.

Installation view of Victoria Sin, A View from Elsewhere, Act 1, She Postures in Context (2018), in Kiss My Genders, Hayward Gallery. Copyright the artist, courtesy Hayward Gallery 2019. Photo: Thierry Bal

Listen now: Victoria Sin
Listen now: Peter Hujar

Installation view of Lyle Ashton Harris in Kiss My Genders, Hayward Gallery. Copyright the artist, courtesy the artist, Salon 94 and Baldwin Gallery. Photo: Thierry Bal

Listen now: Lyle Ashton Harris

Flo Books, YessSIR! Back off! Tell me who I am again?!, 2018. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © the artist.

Listen now: Flo Brooks

Stag Hunting by Kent Monkman (2018)

Listen now: Kent Monkman

Joan Jett Blakk for President, by Joan Jett Blakk (1992)

Listen now: Joan Jett Blackk

Kiss My Genders is open from 12th June til 8th September at Hayward Gallery


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