To practice drag, or to practice it well, is to be a master (or mistress) of the reference.
The contour of a cheek. The color of an eyelid. The crackle of wit on the mic.
Every element is a layered conception of gender and appearance – from eyelashes to eyeshadow, lip shape to lip sync, and wig sculpting to body shaping.
Curated by Kelly Boner, Master of Arts Management graduate student, Fulfilled Fantasies surveys the practice of drag in 2018 Chicago, documenting nascent drag performers to Rupaul’s Drag Race alumni. Fulfilled Fantasies features work by six photographers, two videographers, and six costume designers.
Featured artists include: Helen Maurene Cooper, Todd Diederich, Natalie Escobedo, Chamilla Foxx, Niki Grangruth/James Kinser, Andie Mckenzie Meadows, Adam Ouahmane, Phazma Plazma, An Authentic Skidmark… x Imp Queen, Gidget Von Addams, Alex Wallbaum, Yolo