Hayward Gallery
exhibition

Kiss My Genders

12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019

This summer Hayward Gallery presents Kiss My Genders, a group exhibition celebrating more than 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender identity.
 
Spanning the past 50 years, Kiss My Genders brings together over 100 artworks by artists from around the world who employ a wide range of approaches to articulate and engage with gender fluidity, as well as with non-binary, trans and intersex identities.
 
Working across photography, painting, sculpture, installation and video, many of the artists in Kiss My Genders move beyond a conventional understanding of the body, and in doing so open up new possibilities for gender, beauty and representations of the human form.
 
The exhibition includes new and site-specific works by Chitra Ganesh, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings and Jenkin van Zyl. Occupying the entire Hayward Gallery, Kiss My Genders also extends beyond the gallery walls, with artworks by Ad Minoliti and Athi-Patra Ruga and a poem by Tarek Lakhrissi that transform elements of Southbank Centre’s wider site.

Exhibition title taken from ‘Transome’ by Planningtorock, licensed courtesy of Domino Publishing Company Limited.

Featured artists
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, Jes Fan, Chitra Ganesh, Martine Gutierrez, Nicholas Hlobo, Peter Hujar, Juliana Huxtable, Joan Jett Blakk, Tarek Lakhrissi, Zoe Leonard, Ad Minoliti, Pierre Molinier, Kent Monkman, Zanele Muholi, Catherine Opie, Planningtorock, Christina Quarles, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Hunter Reynolds, Athi-Patra Ruga, Tejal Shah, Victoria Sin, Jenkin van Zyl and Del LaGrace Volcano.
 
The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring original essays by Amrou Al-Kadhi, Paul Clinton, Charlie Fox, Jack Halberstam, Manuel Segade and Susan Stryker, an excerpt from Renate Lorenz’s influential Queer Art: A Freak Theory, and poetry by Travis Alabanza, Jay Bernard, Nat Raha and Tarek Lakhrissi. The catalogue also features a roundtable discussion between a number of participating artists and the exhibition’s guest curator Vincent Honoré.

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11am – 7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed. Late night opening on Thursdays until 9pm.

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This exhibition includes nudity and some sexual content as well as strobe lighting effects.

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Juliana Huxtable Untitled (Lil’ Marvel) 2015, image courtesy of the artist and Project Native Informant London.
Various times
12 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
Various times | 12 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
art & exhibitions
12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019: A group exhibition exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019: A group exhibition exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
Interior view of Attia's 2019 exhibition at Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
5:00 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
courses & workshops
Teachers are invited to explore ways of talking about gender through the Kiss My Genders exhibition
Teachers are invited to explore ways of talking about gender through the Kiss My Genders exhibition

Free

Free

Various times
13 Jun 2019 - 4 Jul 2019
Various times | 13 Jun 2019 - 4 Jul 2019
Call out to young artists, allies and thinkers: help create a manifesto and takeover event for Kiss My Genders
Call out to young artists, allies and thinkers: help create a manifesto and takeover event for Kiss...
Nicholas Hlobo, artist
7:00 pm
Wed 19 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 19 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
The visual artist considers the themes of Kiss My Genders in relation to his artistic practice
The visual artist considers the themes of Kiss My Genders in relation to his artistic practice
Two young people in the interior of Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

7:30 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
Go deeper into the themes of the exhibition at a peer-led takeover event for under-18s
Go deeper into the themes of the exhibition at a peer-led takeover event for under-18s
7:00 pm
Fri 12 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 12 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
An evening of performance, poetry, screenings and discussion exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
An evening of performance, poetry, screenings and discussion exploring gender identity and gender...
Planningtorock, musician
8:00 pm
Wed 17 Jul 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 17 Jul 2019
gigs
pop
Love, queerness, gender identities and survival – it’s Planningtorock’s empowering musical show
Love, queerness, gender identities and survival – it’s Planningtorock’s empowering musical...
Sisters Uncut set off rainbow-coloured smoke in solidarity with LGBTQ+ migrants during a demonstration in support of detainees at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre
7:00 pm
Thu 18 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 18 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Artists Ajamu, Holly Falconer, Amrou Al-Kadhi and Del LaGrace Volcano in a talk chaired by Paul Clinton
Artists Ajamu, Holly Falconer, Amrou Al-Kadhi and Del LaGrace Volcano in a talk chaired by Paul...
 Crowd at late-night music event
10:30 pm
25 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
10:30 pm | 25 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
gigs
electronic
Stay up late with a DJ chosen to celebrate Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition, Kiss My Genders
Stay up late with a DJ chosen to celebrate Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition, Kiss My Genders
Peaches, musician
8:00 pm
Wed 28 Aug 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 28 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Feminist pop icon Peaches blows us away with a variety-style futuristic stage happening
Feminist pop icon Peaches blows us away with a variety-style futuristic stage happening