KISS MY GENDERS – AD MINOLITI

Kiss My Genders
Ad Minoliti
Southbank Centre, Hayward Gallery
12.06.19 | 08.09.19

The installation Playcentre (2019), by Ad Minoliti (Buenos Aires, 1980), was selected for the exhibition Kiss My Genders held at the Hayward Gallery in London. The show features over one hundred works produced by thirty artists from around the world in the last fifty years, including some developed specifically for the occasion. In formats and techniques that range from photography to painting, sculpture, installation, and video, Kiss My Genders attempts to challenge traditional conceptions of the body and to open up new understandings of gender, beauty, and the representation of the human form, with a focus on multiplicity. Artists like Peter Hujar, Catherine Opie, and Del LaGrace Volcano make use of and undermine the photographic portrait tradition, while others like Jes Fan present hybrid works that employ non-conventional materials such as pharmaceutical testosterone, estrogen, and melanin. The show articulates a series of critical approaches to set categories with works that propose fluidity and non-binary or trans identities.

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Ad Minoliti, Playcentre, 2019, installation view, Southbank Centre. Ph: Pete Woodhead. Courtesy of Southbank Centre

Hayward Gallery forms part of the Southbank Centre, one of the largest art complexes in Europe. Located on the south bank of the Thames, it has three theatres and a number of other art venues. Ad Minoliti’s work, like works by Joan Jett Blakk, Athi-Patra Ruga, and a poem by Tarek Lakhrissi, takes the show beyond the gallery space proper. Her appealing designs could be seen in exterior spaces: flags along the Royal Festival Hall, windsocks, trees, bollards and the outdoor Riverside stage make up a “trans-human utopia […] populated by characters who resist binary gender definitions,” explains the press release. The work’s very title invites play and active participation.

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Ad Minoliti, Playcentre, 2019, installation view, Southbank Centre.
Ph: Pete Woodhead. Gentileza de Southbank Centre.

While the show also addresses questions of national and cultural identity tied to ethnic origin and religious belief, The Guardian calls it a “gender-fluid blockbuster.” Participating artists include Ajamu, Travis Alabanza, Amrou Al-Kadhi & Holly Falconer, Lyle Ashton Harris, Sadie Benning, Nayland Blake, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Flo Brooks, Luciano Castelli, Jimmy DeSana, Chitra Ganesh, Martine Gutierrez, Nicholas Hlobo, Juliana Huxtable, Zoe Leonard, Pierre Molinier, Kent Monkman, Zanele Muholi, Planningtorock, Christina Quarles, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Hunter Reynolds, Tejal Shah, Victoria Sin, and Jenkin van Zyl.

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Ad Minoliti, Playcentre, 2019, installation view, Southbank Centre.
Ph: Pete Woodhead. Gentileza de Southbank Centre.

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