Japanese photographer Nagi Yoshida usually spends her time travelling the world, taking portraits of indigenous people from the places she visits. Now, however, she has turned her attention to an entirely new urban tribe: drag queens. She will be unveiling her latest exhibition ‘Drag Queen: No Light, No Queen’ in Fukuoka for the first time on November 30.
A self-taught photographer who began travelling around the world and photographing indigenous tribes in 2009, Yoshida created the bulk of her portfolio in different parts of Africa. But for this study on drag queens, she diverged from her usual destinations to go to New York and Paris.
Though Yoshida sees her most recent series on drag queens as a departure from her usual subject matter, she highlights how the queens are still considered a lesser known minority group. As someone whose passion lies in portraying diversity and uniqueness in her work, Yoshida decided that investigating the art of drag would become the best evolution in her career.
The photographs are packed with personality. They feature queens by the likes of La Poutre and Candy Warhol. If you look closely, you might notice the subtle details that distinguish Parisian drag queens from New York drag queens and vice versa.
The exhibition will run from November 30 to December 12 at the Fukuoka Art Museum. Admission is priced at ¥1,200 for adults, ¥1,000 for university and high school students, and ¥600 for elementary school students or younger. You can book your tickets online here.
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