A series of documentary photographs follows a group of Icelandic drag artists

F * CK GENDER presents a crude description of the daily activities and pre-performance routines of a number of artists, choosing drag as their medium. The series was exhibited during Pride Week, Gaukurinn.

Bekeris explains: “When I started the project, I didn’t know this art form. I had never been to a drag show before, so I expected to snap photos of everything that glitters and glamor – flawless makeup, colorful wigs, wild costumes. Well, I found it all, but also so much more.

“My goal was to document drag as a critique of the artificial nature of the genre. But instead, I got more and more interested in the people themselves. something like kind.

“The first thing I noticed about the Icelandic drag scene was, of course, how small it is. And how incredibly dedicated these people are. I can only imagine how much it must be. “being difficult to keep her alive in such a small community. And that is also very difficult being a drag artist. You would have to be an extremely talented human being to even consider it.”

“They should be good at dancing, directing, lip-syncing or even singing; they should be makeup artists, designers, dressmakers, comedians, actors and more. You just wouldn’t do it all. that if you don’t like the whole thing.

“But if we forget all of that, there is only one important thing that I can walk away with after spending the last six months with these wonderful people, and that is the sheer pleasure of being the way you are.”

Discover more of Kaspars’ work at www.estrangedmag.com and on Instagram.

All images are courtesy of Kaspars Bekeris

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