Kings & Queens
A project by Léon Hendrickx in collaboration with Micha Schneijderberg (aka Snorella)
For most people, drag queens are an exotic phenomenon restricted to the worlds of spectacle, fantasy and entertainment. KINGS & QUEENS explores how drags challenge traditional gender definitions by showing that there is much more to life than simply being a man or a woman. But who are these drag queens? And who is the man behind the spectacular female display? Whose desire is satisfied with the transformation back and forth and what does one side get from the other?
The photo series Kings & Queens brings the viewer closer to the drag queen's identity beyond the exhibitionist extravaganza. Using photomontage, man and drag are seamlessly arranged in one image, revealing the two personalities' relationship. These portraits tell stories about gender, love, identity, sexual transcendence and perhaps even about the nature of man him (or her) self.
Currently Kings & Queens is working on a new series of photographs in New York City, which will be exhibited there in Spring 2018.