Bushwig

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BUSHWIG

The Bushwig Drag Festival is held in September at the Knockdown Center in Queens, NY. I found it interesting because it fits into a series of photographs that I am making about dressing up. Anthropologists call these dressing-up opportunities such as parades, and festivals, “symbolic inversion.”

Events such as Bushwig make it socially acceptable for a person to escape into another reality. This gives participants a chance to act out their fantasies. As Zachary Zane writes in an article for Pride.com, “Drag for so many (both performers and spectators) provides an escape into fantasy. It provides strength, community, and positivity. It encourages the outrageously creative. Drag takes sexuality, politics, gender, and race, and creates an art form that humors the human experience. [So we] need it more now than ever.”

Donald Lokuta

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