Taylor Mac, playwright and actor, The Lily's Revenge

“I feel like photography sometimes puts you in the moment. What’s happening now is people are enjoying taking pictures and that’s part of life. And people always want to say, 'Stop taking pictures and enjoy life,’ but clearly that is enjoying life. Now that everybody has a camera on them at all times—especially with their phones and stuff—it’s about community. It brings people together—they pose, they hold hands, they perform. Everything’s a show, right? People are always performing everywhere you go—even if you’re just walking down the street you’re performing—so it just kind of acknowledges the performance in a way. To me it’s not about capturing memories, it’s about saying, 'Hey, let’s have a good time and pose for a photo!’ It’s the new way of living, and it’s kind of fun and sweet because there are so many photos it doesn’t actually matter what they are any more. It’s the event of taking the photo that’s the fun thing.”

“We were the only drag queens at the Equality March [in Washington, D.C.]. It was sort of pathetic actually. There was no else dressed up, which was kind of insane. As a result, everyone was loving us, but I thought it was kind of telling in some ways—the reason why the movement isn’t getting any movement is because it’s too conservative.

The Lily’s Revenge is at HERE through Nov 22.

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