The O Show on Female Masculinity

2017

‘Queer and Now’, Tate Britain, 24 June 2017

Queer theorist Jack Halberstam asserted nearly twenty years ago that female masculinity is not simply a bad copy of the real deal, but an important entity in its own right. Masculinity without men, he argued, not only throws the connection between sex and gender into turmoil, but also is crucial to the definition of masculinity itself. Despite the countless ways that female masculinity can be expressed, it continues to remain a largely invisible phenomenon. When it does get attention, most often it takes the form of misrecognition, scrutiny, negation, violence, regulation or diagnosis. This episode of the O Show seeks to redress that balance by celebrating the experience and expression of female masculinity.

The show aims to provoke thought as well as entertain, featuring a live performance from Pecs: The Drag King collective and interviews with three guest artists: gender variant visual artist Del LaGrace Volcano, the actor and drag king Temi Wilkey and boyish performance artist Lucy Hutson. Through these artists’ candid accounts from the non-binary battlefield, we will explore female masculinity from their unique perspectives in all its shameless glory.

Part 1: 16.00-17.00 Clore Studio
Part 2: 18.00-19.00 Clore Studio

Free tickets available from the Manton Information desk from 14.00 on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Del LaGrace Volcano, Gender Variant Visual Artist
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Temi Wilkey, Actor and Drag King who performs in and co-founded Pecs
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Lucy Hutson, Performance Artist