Introduction: My short illustrated story with the Kadak Collective’s‘The Reading Room’, as part of Gender Bender 2016!
The Kadak Collective is a group of 8 south-asian artists, illustrators and designers that collaborate on projects across Bangalore, Bombay, London & LA.
This is the online showcase of the work that was exhibited at the Goethe-Institut Bangalore on September 3rd and 4th 2016. The Reading Room features eight new pieces created for Gender Bender 2016, which include graphic shorts, mini-comic zines, visual essays and illustrated stories — all exploring different aspects of gender and gender identity across India, post-Brexit UK and the Philippines.
‘Everything Drag’by Janine Shroff is a piece that illustrates her personal understanding of drag, societal perceptions, as well as cultural legends and myths about gender roles and power.
“We’re born naked, Everything else is drag” — Ru Paul
Drag is way to play with, or a performance of gender.
A parody of the stereotype of the gender roles and a way to reverse them.
Gently poking fun.
Over the top hair, makeup, hyper-feminine or hyper-male outfits. All exaggerations to blur the line.
Dressing ‘feminine’ has always felt a bit (sometimes a lot) like drag.