In pictures: Opening of the Drag Explosion exhibition at the Art Gallery of Regina

The photographic exhibition exploring the New York drag scene of the 1980s and 1990s runs from August 11 to September 28.

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A new photographic exhibition at the Art Gallery of Regina takes visitors on a guided tour of the landmark and groundbreaking New York scene of the 1980s and 1990s through the lens of Linda Simpson.

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The Drag Explosion, by guest curator Gary Varro, features diaristic snapshots of Simpson in the first-ever exhibition of these photographic prints.

“The Drag Explosion is a tribute to the New York drag scene of the 80s and 90s and, in turn, to the evolution of homosexuality in North America. His images capture queer creations carving out an indelible presence through performativity in the context of flirting, performance art, film, music and more – all from the perspective of his analog camera. personal,” Varro said in a gallery press release. For nearly three decades, Varro, as Artistic Director and Founder of Queer City Cinema, has brought a diversity of queer stories to audiences in Regina and across Canada.

The exhibition runs from August 11 to September 28.

Leader-Post photojournalist Kayle Neis toured the exhibit at the recent opening reception.

Guest curator Gary Varro sits in front of photographs by Linda Simpson during the opening reception for The Drag Explosion at the Art Gallery of Regina on Thursday, August 11, 2022 in Regina.
Guest curator Gary Varro sits in front of photographs by Linda Simpson during the opening reception for The Drag Explosion at the Art Gallery of Regina on Thursday, August 11, 2022 in Regina. Photo by KAYLE NEIS /Regina Chief’s Post
Participants view photographs of the New York drag scene of the 1980s and 1990s through the lens of Linda Simpson.
Participants view photographs of the New York drag scene of the 1980s and 1990s through the lens of Linda Simpson. Photo by KAYLE NEIS /Regina Chief’s Post
Photograph of drag queen RuPaul, best known today for RuPaul's Drag Race.
Photograph of drag queen RuPaul, best known today for RuPaul’s Drag Race. Photo by KAYLE NEIS /Regina Chief’s Post
A photograph titled Taboo!
A photograph titled Taboo! Photo by KAYLE NEIS /Regina Chief’s Post
The Drag Explosion, with a rainbow of colors, is on view at the Art Gallery of Regina until September 28.
The Drag Explosion, with a rainbow of colors, is on view at the Art Gallery of Regina until September 28. Photo by KAYLE NEIS /Regina Chief’s Post
A photograph titled Greg on the Roof, part of The Drag Explosion exhibit at the Art Gallery of Regina.
A photograph titled Greg on the Roof, part of The Drag Explosion exhibit at the Art Gallery of Regina. Photo by KAYLE NEIS /Regina Chief’s Post

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