Johnny Forever uses performance, video, and fibres to explore gender, sexuality, and the potentialities of drag. They craft hyper feminine, lip synching personas who engage in surrealist and highly symbolic pantomime on cabaret stages and in gallery spaces. Bringing classic drag into the performance art context, Forever bridges gallery based performance practices and so-called “low-brow” queer cabaret tradition. Exploring issues such as HIV/AIDS, domestic patriarchy, sex-worker justice, queer sexuality, and trans identity, Forever’s work speaks to and about a community of artists and activists, working from the margins to affect change or simply to survive.

photo: Jacklyn Atlas

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