While the LGBTQ+ community remains a predominantly hidden part of Korean society, areas within Seoul have made progressive strides championing queer rights and lifestyles. In the districts of Itaewon and Hongdae an underground drag scene has seen a huge rise in popularity. This growth is due to the community's ability to create safe spaces for performances, encouraging those who might not otherwise have an outlet to experiment. Freed by both the personal expression and anonymity drag provides, native and international artists take the stage to celebrate unrestricted interpretations of identity. Rebelling against a society steeped in gender norms, each performance broadens the definition of what it means to be human.
Accompanied by the words of each represented artist, these photographs offer a deeper understanding of what drag means to them as individuals.
Azangman at Mike's Cabin
Hurricane Kimchi at the Rabbit Hole
Hoso Hailey Sodomite
Jaxter the Taco Master
Charlotte Goodenough at The Link
Fleur West at View 33